There have been many attempts over the years to finally track down the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Numerous searches have been conducted to find the fabled aquatic monster (Wikipedia lists them), but all have failed, including an extensive search sponsored by the BBC in 2003. This stunning lack of evidence for Nessie’s existence has caused at least one veteran Nessie-hunter, Robert Rines, to give up … but not because there was never any monster there (no, he could never admit that!); rather, he thinks Nessie was killed off by global warming, you see. In his view, Nessie was there, but is now dead, so that explains why the monster will never be found. Convenient, no?

But the complete lack of evidence for Nessie’s existence hasn’t stopped people from continuing to believe the monster exists. They’ve simply turned to another venue to find “proof” it’s there. This time, that proof has been provided by Google Earth, as reported by the (London) Daily Mail:

It promised the world views of the entire planet from their laptop. But could Google Earth have unravelled our favourite mystery of the deep?

One internet fan claims he found the legendary Loch Ness monster in satellite images on the virtual globe.

Security guard Jason Cooke said the 65ft oblong shape followed by thin strands is actually the highly contested creature supposed to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

Here is the image as provided by the Mail:

Loch Ness Monster on Google Earth?

Loch Ness Monster on Google Earth?

If you think this may merely be a picture of a boat, not an aquatic monster, you aren’t the only one … it sure looks that way to me! This may be one of those times when people are leaping to conclusions based on very meager evidence. It’s not the first time this has happened with images from Google Earth, and I doubt it will be the last.

Anyone care to venture what strange thing will next be found on Google Earth? The lair of Bigfoot/Sasquatch? The lost continents of Lemuria or Mu? A portal to the Hollow Earth? The ruins of El Dorado? What’s next to be uncovered by Google Earth’s just-fuzzy-enough-to-be-tantalizing pictures of odd things?

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