The picture, which you can check out here via Apple Maps if you’re running Mac OS X Mavericks, shows what the Daily Mail believes to be:
“a shadowy form measuring around 100ft long and seemingly with two giant flippers powering it through the waters of Loch Ness”
Perhaps unsuprisingly, the image was widely shared by Facebook and Twitter users.
Gizmodo reader Dave Wood created an animated GIF, which illustrates the truth behind the picture better than any words:
So, it’s a boat on Loch Ness, not a prehistoric monster that somehow missed the memo about turning extinct 65 million years ago.
The moral? Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, or – for that matter – in the national newspapers.
If you want to have the Nessie theory debunked further, and read a fascinating explanation of why the image looks like it does, check out this great write-up on Metabunk.org.
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