Most everyone is familiar with the tale of the sea monster that dwells deep in the depths of Loch Ness in Scotland. The creature is said to be enormous with a small head, a long neck, flippers, and at least one large hump on its back. Sightings have been recorded of the elusive “monster” waddling across land and into the water, as well as inside the massive lake itself.
The Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie”, is a must-see for monster enthusiasts everywhere. Since it’s not possible for everyone to get to Loch Ness, Google Maps has launched a new feature– bringing Loch Ness to the homes of people everywhere. Using the ever popular “Street View” (a feature allowing users to see a 360-degree view of pretty much every place in the world), monster lovers can now look out over Loch Ness and even virtually dive into the water in hopes of catching a glimpse of Nessie.
To create the newest addition to “Street View” (creatively titled “Nessie’s Perspective”), Google partnered up with Adrian Shine, an expert on the Loch Ness Monster. This collaboration between Google and Shine has seemingly revolutionized monster hunting. In his article for Forbes, columnist Robert J. Szczerba begs the question, “With the powerful search and mapping technology of Google, partnered with potentially millions of monster hunters searching the lake, how long can Nessie stay hidden?” Szczerba makes a good point. If legendary creatures such as Nessie, Bigfoot and the Chupacabra really exist, then using advanced technology along with the enthusiasm and knowledge of monster hunters could lead to some fascinating discoveries.
Just last year, a mysterious image appeared on Apple Maps in Loch Ness. Although blurry, the picture looks startlingly like every other depiction of Nessie. While many skeptics believe that the creature was merely a large fish, the picture sparked a wave of new found appreciation for and desperation to find the Loch Ness Monster.
As technology continues to advance, there may be far more genuine monster sightings to come. So take a minute, go to Google Maps, and scour the depths of Loch Ness. Maybe you’ll be the next person to find Nessie.