Have Apple's maps found the Loch Ness Monster? Satellite image reveals mysterious shape lurking in the Scottish Highlands



Loch Ness, Scotland


  • Satellite in the atmosphere was accessed using Apple's satellite map app
  • Shows a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch
  • Location just south of Dores - only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones
  • Creature in the water is about 50ft in length - half the size of a blue whale

Looking for the Loch Ness Monster? There’s an app for that.
Amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch have been accessed from a satellite high in the atmosphere, using Apple's satellite map app.
The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters scanning different satellites transmitting images of the earth from space.

A satellite high in the atmosphere, accessed using Apple's satellite map app, may have provided proof that the legend lives on - with amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch
A satellite high in the atmosphere, accessed using Apple's satellite map app, may have provided proof that the legend lives on - with amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch



The location was just south of Dores, were beamed from Apple's satellite map app and could only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones
The location was just south of Dores, were beamed from Apple's satellite map app and could only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones

The location was just south of Dores, were beamed from Apple's satellite map app and could only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones.

The hunters Peter Thain from Northumberland and Andy Dixon County Durham, were amazed by their find.
Mr Dixon said yesterday: 'It was purely by accident that I came across the image. I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness.
'I could see something big under the water and I saved it to my phone. My first thought was that it was the monster and I contacted Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club. 

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The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters scanning different satellites transmitting images of the earth from space - Peter Thain from Northumberland and Andy Dixon County Durham
The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters scanning different satellites transmitting images of the earth from space - Peter Thain from Northumberland and Andy Dixon County Durham

'I was a believer in Nessie even before this but I had never been. Now I am so excited, I can't wait to get up north and pay a visit - with a camera of course.
'Unfortunately I have not seen anything since but I will keep looking.'
Veteran Nessie-hunter Mr Campbell said yesterday: 'We first received Peter's information at the back end of last year but took some time to try to work out what it was.
'Initially it was difficult because it doesn't appear on all online satellite images - only some of them on Apple products.


State of the art sonar equipment, a yellow submarine, Hollywood actors and even a white witch have all tried to find the elusive Loch Ness Monster
State of the art sonar equipment, a yellow submarine, Hollywood actors and even a white witch have all tried to find the elusive Loch Ness Monster

Mr Dixon said: 'It was purely by accident that I came across the image. I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness'
Mr Dixon said: 'It was purely by accident that I came across the image. I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness'

Loch Ness is a freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands
Loch Ness is a freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands



'When Andy got in touch at the beginning of the year, we finally managed to locate a device that had the image on it and asked some boating experts to look at it.
'They confirmed that while it looks like a boat wake, it cannot be a boat as there is no hull or superstructure visible. This is confirmed by the fact that there are clear images of other boats in the pictures.
'What ever it is, it's just below the surface and heading south so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie
'After Nessie 'going missing' for 18 months, it's great to see her back.
'Furthermore, the use of satelllite technology means that if nessie is just swimming below the surface like in this case, we can still pick her up.'
Due to the lack of sightings last year, bookmakers William Hill who offers a £1000 annual prize for the best Nessie sighting is doubling this year incentive because it went unclaimed last year.
Nessie was first spotted in 565AD and has been seen 1036 times in the last 1500 years.

Elusive sight: This picture, taken by Dr Kenneth Wilson in 1934, is said to show the Loch Ness Monster
Elusive sight: This picture, taken by Dr Kenneth Wilson in 1934, is said to show the Loch Ness Monster


Three sightings were reported in 2013 but they were discounted as fakes.
One was a wave, another a duck and the third a picture not even taken on Loch Ness.
It was the first time since 1925 that there had been no confirmed reports of the monster.
Mr Campbell said: 'The number of sightings has been reducing since the turn of the century but last year was the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie wasn't seen at all.
'Now that we have spies in the skies above Loch Ness, maybe we will get more which will whet the appetite of more down to earth Nessie hunters to come north.
'Then they can try their luck at getting that conclusive photo to prove once and for all that Nessie is alive and well.'

THE LOCH NESS MONSTER: FACT OR FICTION?

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster has been around since the sixth century, when an Irish monk called Saint Columba witnessed locals burying a man who had been attacked by a 'water beast.'
One of the first famous sightings was in 1933, when George Spicer and his wife claimed they saw 'a most extraordinary form of animal' which was 4ft high and 25ft long crossing the road near the loch.
The following year, Dr Robert Kenneth Wilson took a picture, in main story above, which is now the most famous picture of the monster, although it was later revealed to be a hoax made with a toy from Woolworth's.

Hunter Marmaduke Wetherell, centre, was said to have faked footprints which he said were the 'monster's'
Hunter Marmaduke Wetherell, centre, was said to have faked footprints which he said were the 'monster's'


And in 1935, renowned big game hunter Marmaduke Wetherell found a footprint he said was the monster's.  It was later revealed to have been made by him using a dried hippo's foot of the type used as umbrella stands at the time.
Despite many recording sightings over the years, most have been revealed to be hoaxes and scientists do not give credence to the suggestion that a monster lives in the loch.