OK Nessie lovers, this may be the day you have been waiting for.
Since the sixth century, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster has continued to fuel the imagination of, well, just about everyone. A recent satellite image is confounding scientists and giving fresh hope to believers of the elusive Scottish sea creature.
The image was taken by an Apple Map's satellite and shows a shadowy form of around 100 feet in length the waters of the Loch Ness.
"We've been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is," Gary Campbell, president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club said.
"It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. We've shown it to boat experts and they don't know what it is."
— Telegraph Pictures (@TelegraphPics) April 19, 2014
The club spent six months studying the image and finding no other obvious explanation, concluded the image is that of the Loch Ness Monster.
"Whatever this is, it is under water 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," Campbell said.
— BreakingNews.ie (@breakingnewsie) April 19, 2014
One of the spotters, 26-year old Andrew Dixon from Darlington, said: "It was a total fluke that I found it. I was looking at satellite images of my town and then just thought I'd have a look at Loch Ness. The first thing that came into my head when I saw it was, 'That's the Loch Ness Monster'."
— VisitScotland News (@VisitScotNews) April 7, 2014
— Our Amazing Planet (@OAPlanet) March 19, 2014
This supposed sighting is the first reported in 18 months, the longest that Nessie has been missing since 1925. All three sightings of the monster in 2013 were found to be fake – one was a duck, one was a wave and one wasn’t even taken at Loch Ness.
What do you think? Is it Nessie? Here is what some are saying about the finding on Twitter.
— David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) April 19, 2014
The people who think the Loch Ness Monster has been found via Google Maps are the same people who see the image of Jesus on a piece of toast
— Lucas Witherspoon (@LucasLascivious) April 19, 2014
I'm so sick and tired of the debate over the Loch Ness Monster. The only thing I care about is what it tastes like.
— Ashley Burns (@MayorBurnsy) April 19, 2014
The Loch Ness Monster (affectionately known as Nessie) is real! Every Scotch storyteller is redeemed. http://t.co/9pMRZa8x9P
— Sydney (@sydneypaige10) April 19, 2014
the plane is at the bottom of loch ness and nessie is its guardian. finding one is paramount to finding the other.......
— Jamiroquai's Hat (@Yelix) April 19, 2014
The Loch Ness monster is 64% less likely to attack than the average Glaswegian.
— Stats Britain (@StatsBritain) April 18, 2014
Image via Twitter, Our Amazing Planet