Loch Ness: NOT.  Source:  The Sun

Loch Ness Monster On Google Earth?

Article Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

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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!

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bonan quao
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bonan quao
August 28, 2009 11:28 AM

Alas, the world is filled with stupid people.

paul.swanson
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paul.swanson
August 28, 2009 11:37 AM

Not to be nitpicky (okay, maybe I am), but the stern is the back end of a boat, not the front. The term for the front of a boat is “bow.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stern

Nancy Atkinson
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August 28, 2009 11:47 AM

You’re right Paul (I’m obviously a landlubber). Text has been corrected..

Brett
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Brett
August 28, 2009 11:54 AM

I’m getting so tired of these silly, transparent jabs at Fox News. Please also be sure to announce that it is on ABC News also, as well as a host of other news sites.

I’d love to know what media bias has to do with how astronomy relates to an absurd picture of nothing of importance.

GeorgiaBracey
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GeorgiaBracey
August 28, 2009 11:58 AM

But wait, we could use the power of citizen science to keep watch for the monster– Nessie Zoo! Volunteers log in to a website and scan hi-res satellite pics for any sign of something suspicious on Loch Ness. grin

The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
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The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
August 28, 2009 1:07 PM

Could it be an example of EU phenomena, as often professed by Anaconda and the like??

Jon Hanford
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Jon Hanford
August 28, 2009 1:12 PM

GeorgiaBracey may be onto something here. Why not start a ‘Cryptozoologists Zoo’ site along the lines of Galaxy Zoo, and gather all that data into a website for those interested in these ‘sightings’ and leave the rest of the scientific establishment to go about their business. Why not have Fox News host the site (you know, ‘fair and balanced-like’). If not Fox, then maybe the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet, etc. smile

DrFlimmer
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DrFlimmer
August 28, 2009 1:46 PM

@ paul and nancy:

That’s why the heliosphere has a bow shock and not a stern shock wink

Btw: ugly monster grin

David Blackburn
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David Blackburn
August 28, 2009 1:51 PM

Hows this for a headline: “Lacking the ability to be silly or view things in a fun way, a science blogger writes like a 2 dimension sterotypical science blogger would write on a cheezy Sci-Fi channel movie.” I love this blog!

Jon Hanford
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Jon Hanford
August 28, 2009 2:02 PM

Dr. Flimmer, I always equated a ‘stern shock’ as being informed on a Friday of a surprise test in one of my physics classes on Monday, and, always, little or no time to prepare! smile

DrFlimmer
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DrFlimmer
August 28, 2009 2:05 PM

@ Jon Hanford:

Seriously, indeed! grin

Torbjorn Larsson OM
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Torbjorn Larsson OM
August 28, 2009 2:50 PM

an absurd picture of nothing of importance.

Um, what? It’s a normal observation by long view photo, not “an absurd picture”.

The importance in the context of the article seems to be how unreliable uninformed analysis is, and IMHO how much information one can glean by an informed analysis.

Fox News, famed for its unreliable and uninformed analysis, is a good illustration. It’s important to observe and acknowledge the mayor players that tries to destroy the achievements of the Enlightenment by means such as this.

[And I dunno what ABC News is, btw. Is this one of these US political thingamajigs, like Fox reputedly is?]

Dave Finton
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August 28, 2009 3:47 PM

Torbjorn: While not nearly as outrageous as FoxNews, ABCNews is definitely tabloidish in nature a lot of times, and yes they do have a conservative bent.

pink
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August 28, 2009 8:26 PM

Why would anyone have a problem with this article?

I mean, it IS pretty unnecessary to point out how ridiculous this “Loch Ness Monster sighting” is. But other than that…?

Crewvy
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Crewvy
August 28, 2009 8:45 PM

How can we be certain that this is not a picture of Bigfoot being transported across Loch Ness by Cthulhu ?

wiseguy
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wiseguy
August 28, 2009 9:32 PM

“lets give them something to talk about”and they did.

It is a boat but not 100%.More like 95% and that 5% space is enough to attract attention seekers from all over the world looking to prove their worth.Nit picking wherever.

Boats are popular all over again.Do you realize that this will increase the boat sales?No free advertising!

jw
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jw
August 29, 2009 12:47 AM
Pink, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I come here to read about astronomy and other news, not political commentary. 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. Besides that, The only constant is people’s political beliefs and their bias toward or against a network that they perceive is either on their side or against it. Please leave the political commentary and jabs at the other side out of what is supposed to be a science and astronomy site or risk turning off visitors such as myself. I don’t think it’s… Read more »
ILOVETHESTAR
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ILOVETHESTAR
August 29, 2009 3:06 AM

jw Says
I agree with your statements!!!!!!
Thank you for posting.

vino
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vino
August 29, 2009 4:36 AM

This reminds me of the comic i read a few weeks ago

http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1174

Dominion
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August 29, 2009 6:27 AM

I keep coming back to this picture. It looks so familiar. Is it Nessie? Is it a boat? Finally I realized what it is. This looks just like the Sea Monkeys I had when I was a kid. Wow! Who would have thought they could grow so big?

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