No, Apple Maps hasn’t uncovered the Loch Ness Monster

Sorry to disappoint millions of monster-hunters, but the picture that has been spread far and wide across the internet (and even into many newspapers) is *not* of the Loch Ness Monster.

Loch Ness image via Apple Maps

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”

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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:

This is not Nessie
This is not Nessie

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

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

One comment on “No, Apple Maps hasn’t uncovered the Loch Ness Monster”

  1. Coyote

    I love this. Not only because I am reminded of Apple's screw up with placing certain physical objects on the Thames among other terrible disasters for Apple's map (leading to them suggesting that their users use Google, a competitor, instead – serves them right for their much too often intellectual property law – helped by the jury who favours Apple, the innocent of everything company – abuse). But there's this other thing… I once convinced a friend that they in fact found Nessie and this was without pictures. Of course, he was fairly gullible but still, the fact he and I both don't like Apple, makes this more amusing (and satisfying).

    On the other hand, I sort of wish it DID exist (but only if I could see it!)… alas….

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