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Loch Ness Monster On Google Earth?

Loch Ness: NOT.  Source:  The Sun

Loch Ness: NOT. Source: The Sun

As only a British tabloid (and Fox News) could, reports came out this week of the Loch Ness Monster being spotted on Google Earth. “This amazing image on Google Earth could be the elusive proof that the Loch Ness Monster exists,” The Sun reported. Well, for one thing, this doesn’t look *anything* like Nessie. Doesn’t he have a long black neck? And another thing about this: it looks surprisingly like a …. boat. Imagine that, a boat on a lake captured by Google Earth! Astounding!
Close-up view from Google Earth. Look closely and you’ll see the squared off back end of the boat (the stern), the rounded stern bow in front, and the tentacle-looking things are just the boat’s wake. This looks very much like another image of a boat on Loch Ness on Bing (below). Click on the picture to get to the image on Bing and zoom out for the full effect.

Another boat on Loch Ness from Bing.

Another boat on Loch Ness from Bing.

To see it on Google Earth, go to coordinates Latitude 57°12’52.13″N, Longitude 4°34’14.16″W. Take a tour of Loch Ness (it is pretty there!) and you’ll see lots of other suspicious looking white things in the lake that are (gasp!) more boats!


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Aqua August 29, 2009, 11:18 AM

    Must be a slow news day?

  • rlamont August 29, 2009, 11:23 AM

    A quick search will show that the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sun, ABC news, CNET (CBS), and a host of others have posted this story. I am very disappointed that the opportunity was taken to turn a good example of pseudoscience into a very juvenile political jab.

  • Astrofiend August 30, 2009, 4:50 PM

    Yeah – damn liberal media.

    jw Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    “If you want to talk about irresponsible media, there isn’t a single network in the entire united states that isn’t and any suggestion that one is worse than the other is laughable.”

    Pig’s arse. Of course no network is completely devoid of some sort of bias or irresponsible behaviour, but are you seriously suggesting that a network like FOX holds itself with the same integrity and to the same standards as a network like PBS? You wouldn’t be seeing this sort of tripe or anything like it on a show like ‘News Hour with Jim Lehrer’, that’s for damn sure.

    rlamont Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    “I am very disappointed that the opportunity was taken to turn a good example of pseudoscience into a very juvenile political jab.”

    Conservatives – so easily insulted. You’ll get over it one day. As far as I can tell, Nancy only had a go at FOX news’ tabloid journalism bent. You were the one making the connection to politics, which just goes to show what an obviously biased heap of rotting detritus FOX news and it’s associated shows (O’Reilly Factor, anyone?) actually are.

  • William928 August 30, 2009, 5:37 PM

    @Astrofiend: do hope you haven’t burned too many brain cells watching O’Reilly and that sort of dribble.( I ascertain from your posts that you’ve protected yourself) What’s laughable are those comparing FOX News to any legitimate network programming.

  • Aqua August 30, 2009, 6:20 PM

    Are you trying to tell me that this isn’t an image of Rush Limbaugh swimming in a sea of misinformation?

  • Rolfruhig2 August 31, 2009, 5:55 AM

    The reporter couldn’t stick to the subject. He had to drop a venemous commentary on Fox, creating a stupid distraction. Oh, these Lumpenleftists!