2013 marked the first time in almost nine decades when not a single reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster came to light. Just as it seemed that the legendary creature had begun to fade from public attention, a new photo has surfaced — from Apple’s satellite maps app — showing an incredible monster-like shape beneath the infamous lake.
Anyone familiar with descriptions of the Loch Ness Monster will no doubt spot the two flipper-like paddles on either side of the object — a classic feature in Nessie lore. Skeptics will rightly point out that pareidolia may be at work here. Harder to discount, though, is the lack of a boat which could have created the kind of wake necessary to produce such a bizarre image.
According to one estimation, the shape is 100 feet in length — far larger than anything known to inhabit Loch Ness, and it also makes the possibility of a floating log that much more unlikely. Then again, simple undersea currents might be the culprit — although no definitive explanation has come forward. Until then, this image remains another tantalizing piece of the Nessie puzzle.