Saturday, August 29, 2009


Claims that a blurry object in a satellite photo is the mythical Loch Ness Monster have sparked a flurry of interest among enthusiasts.

Security guard Jason Cooke said he "couldn’t believe it" after seeing a Google Image photograph of the oblong-shape moving through the waters in the Scottish Highlands.

"It's just like the descriptions of Nessie," Mr Cooke was quoted in The Sun newspaper as saying.

The object measures about 20m in length — the same length of a plesiosaur, a carnivorous marine reptile from the Jurassic period which "Nessie" believers say lives in the waters.

Five lines trail the main shape, raising claims they could be the fins and tail stemming from the mythical creature's body.

Others say it is simply a boat leaving waves in its wake.

Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster have been reported for centuries but scientists say the monster is nothing more than a myth.

The most famous piece of photographic "evidence", which appears to show a snake-like head rising out of the water, was taken by British surgeon Colonel Robert Wilson in 1934.

The Google Earth object was located at co-ordinates Latitude 57°12'52.13"N, Longitude 4°34'14.16"W.

Acknowledgements: MSN NZ

Nessie from space

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