Google Street View captured a photo that may be a photo of the Loch Ness Monster. Google has formed a partnership with scientists to hunt Loch Ness Monster. Hunter team to dive deep below the surface of the lake as its attempt.
On the other hand, it might be a log.
Spoiler: it’s probably a log.
Google says: ‘Today, to celebrate the anniversary of its release, we’re bringing 360-degree Street View imagery of Loch Ness to Google Maps, so you can go in search of Nessie yourself.
The search giant worked with Loch Ness experts to try and hunt down the famous – and possibly fictional – monster.
Google’s Lat Long blog says, ‘Adrian Shine, leader of the Loch Ness & Morar Project, has been engaged in fieldwork in the Highlands since 1973 and was an integral part of the Street View collection.
‘As a true Loch Ness expert, Shine has logged more than 1,000 Nessie sightings and offers scientific explanations for why people claim to have seen Scotland’s mysterious cryptid.
‘To take you on a tour of what lies beneath, our partners at the Catlin Seaview Survey dived deep under the surface of the lake, collecting imagery along the way.
‘You can imagine Nessie nestling within these dark, peat-filled waters, waiting for the right moment to breach the surface into the Scottish sunlight above.
The launch comes at a pertinent time: it is 81 years today since one of the most famous of all Nessie images emerged – a grainy but convincing shot of a long-necked reptilian creature seemingly swimming calmly in the loch, taken on April 19, 1934.
The photo, which appeared in the Daily Mail on 21 April 1934, was dubbed the ‘Surgeon’s Photograph’ because the man who supposedly clicked the shutter, London gynaecologist Robert Kenneth Wilson, wanted to disassociate himself from it.
The photo has now been dismissed as a hoax – but not without decades of careful examination and discussion.
The final nail in the coffin for Nessie came with a 1999 book, The Surgeon’s Photo Exposed, which echoed a 1975 newspaper article claiming this particular fabled Nessie was no more than a toy submarine made to look like the cryptid for the sake of the elaborate hoax.