A Loch Ness Monster enthusiast claimed Friday that he found proof of the monster’s existence in the one place nobody thought to look: Apple Maps.
So, yeah. That’s it. The mighty Nessie — the famed, majestic sea monster! Or just the wake from a speed boat.
After monster hunter Andy Dixon told the Daily Mail of his discovery, it was soon confirmed with an "objective" analysis by Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club.
Campbell added, "unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie."
And Dixon told the Mail he was excited to collect further proof. "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."
And you can count Google in on the Loch Ness conspiracy as Nessie does not appear on Google Maps satellite images. But some are citing the fact that Dixon found the image on Apple Maps as proof that… there is no proof.
The inconsistent app endured a famously tortured roll-out in 2012, leading drivers in all the wrong directions and featuring some hilarious visual gaffes. The reaction was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an apology to customers. (Via Fox News, Tumblr)
But… maybe this is Maps’ turning point? As BGR says, "While you may curse at Apple Maps for giving you the wrong directions to your local pizza joint, you’ll find that it’s all worthwhile once it helps you find Bigfoot or the lost city of Atlantis."
Dixon’s Nessie sighting breaks up a drought for fans of the mythical beast — last year, for the first time in 90 years, there were zero viable sightings of the monster. And Dixon, who also records sightings, tells the BBC that the monster has been “seen” over 1,000 times in the last 1,500 years.
But in 2013, the three most prominent Nessie reports were dismissed as a wave, a photo not actually taken at Loch Ness, and a duck.