In case you haven't heard, Google isn't the only map service available at your fingertips — but a biologist discrediting the monster discovery suggests Google's is still better
Could Apple Maps finally have discovered the existence of the Loch Ness monster? And, as a result, could the world finally recognize the existence of Apple Maps?
A satellite image (above) from Apple's version of Google Maps shows a mysterious white blob, with what appear to be a pair of flippers at its side, underneath the waters of Loch Ness in Scottish Highlands.
According to the totally-non-biased “experts” at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, a six month study has concluded the image is “likely” proof of the fabled monster's existence.
‘We've been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is. It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn't one here. We've shown it to boat experts and they don't know what it is,” club president Gary Campbell told the Daily Mail. “Whatever this is, it is under the 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.”
Deep-sea biologist Andrew David Thaler said otherwise on Friday after taking a few minutes out of his day on Friday to study the image. Ironically, he used Google Earth to discredit the fan club's months of hard, analytical work.
“The accompanying image is a low-resolution satellite image of a boat wake, available, apparently, only on Apple Maps. There's really not deconstruction needed, it's a boat wake,” Thaler wrote on his blog.
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He even found a handy-dandy GIF made from higher-resolution satellite images of what he believes is the very boat that created the wake in question.
While proving his point about the monster-sized boat wake, he also proved that Google is far better resource for monster hunters hunting monsters on their smartphone.
“Apple doesn't have it's own imaging satellites. The fact that the image only shows up in Apple Maps, not Google, is due to Apple either using a slightly different image set to stitch together a picture of the loch, or has a less robust algorithm for dealing with artifacts,” Thaler explained.
“Both the boat in the northern picture and the ‘ghost boat’ in the monster picture are about 20 meters long. There are no 20-meter long catfish. There are no whale sharks in Loch Ness (how would they survive in freshwater?). It's a boat,” Thaler continued. “If something looks exactly like a boat wake, in a place where there are plenty of boats, when a similar boat can actually be seen in the same region, it's a boat.”