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Google enables hunt for Loch Ness Monster

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2015 · Comment icon 12 comments

A view of Urquhart Castle from Google's Street View cameras. Image Credit: Google Street View
An update to Google's Street View service has made it possible to explore Loch Ness from your computer.
The search for the world's best known lake monster received an unexpected boost this week after search giant Google revealed the launch of an update to Street View that enables web users to venture for themselves in to the loch's murky depths.

Those with a keen eye can now search for the monster from a number of locations across the loch including a point opposite Urquhart Castle and another near Fort Augustus, a small town located at the very southernmost end of Loch Ness.

"The Street View project is hugely exciting for us," said Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of the local tourism agency. "We are delighted the team at Google have been as inspired about our monster as the thousands of visitors who travel to Loch Ness every year hoping to catch a glimpse."
This isn't the first time that efforts have been made to venture beneath the surface of the loch either.

Back in 1969 Dan Scott Taylor famously attempted to locate evidence of the monster by descending in to the murky depths within his yellow submarine Viperfish. The vehicle proved to be more than a little tempramental but despite the fact that the hatch wouldn't close properly he made it back alive.

While his efforts ultimately failed to find the fabled monster, the actual vessel he used for his expedition can still be found to this day outside the Loch Ness Exhibition Center in Drumnadrochit.

For those looking to explore the waters of the loch from the safety and comfort of their own home however Google's Loch Ness Street View section can be viewed - here.

Source: Daily Record | Comments (12)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by VictorVictor 8 years ago
How is it exploring when you are looking a pictures that have already been taken?
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
I saw this headline on a Scientific newsletter I get. I guess looking for Nessie will be the "Next Big Thing". Can we look for Bigfoot and the Yeti now, too?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Podo 8 years ago
I like the idea, in theory, because if people want to spend time looking at a lake, they're welcome to. I just wish it was a series of webcams or something, as opposed to stillframes. That being said, while the Loch Ness Monster is a cool idea, it's not and can't be real. There are many cryptids where I can at least entertain the biological validity of, but a giant air-breather in a lake? It just can't happen, so why do we still care?
Comment icon #6 Posted by b0wn 8 years ago
Why not have an infrared filter? Just search for heat signatures, or does that not work underwater?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Athena1979 8 years ago
Well, that Texas couple caught the who knows.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Biggz 8 years ago
Am I missing something here? Aren't these just pictures taken by Google? How are we suppose to search for the Loch ness monster is the pictures don't update every few seconds? Wouldn't it make more sense to have a live camera running 24/7?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Lenore Graves 8 years ago
... and all they found is a log
Comment icon #10 Posted by Lenore Graves 8 years ago
Well, that Texas couple caught the who knows. Ok that's a just a poor mangy dog
Comment icon #11 Posted by Lesionia 8 years ago
Maybe someone should ask Google about these questions? It would also be awesome to do the 24/7 cameras world wide! Imagine all the possible things one could discover!
Comment icon #12 Posted by ilovejules25 8 years ago
How is it exploring when you are looking a pictures that have already been taken? Glad to see someone already posted this question. I mean this is cool and all... but... combing through a street view of one moment in time isn't a search for the Loch Ness Monster.

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