Google gets a surprise in search for Loch Ness Monster

Explore the Loch Ness in Street View. Photo: Google

Explore the Loch Ness in Street View. Photo: Google

If anyone can find the Loch Ness Monster, it’s Google; nothing can escape its sophisticated Street View cameras.

When the search giant visited the Scottish loch to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the legend of Loch Ness with the help of divers and local experts, then, it’s perhaps unsurprising that it managed to capture something mysterious in the water.

Google spent a week on Loch Ness with a 40-pound “Trekker” camera to collect Street View imagery — not just of the perimeter of the loch, but also the water itself. It also enlisted the help of divers from Catlin Seaview Survey to capture underwater shots.

One of its photos, which shows an object floating on the loch’s surface, proved particularly interesting. When probed by The Telegraph, a Google spokesperson said, “we were surprised by this sighting too.”

“Is it a log, a bird or… the monster?!”

Nessie? Photo: Google

Nessie? Photo: Google

It’s almost certainly a log.

Many claim to have seen Loch Ness since the renowned “Surgeon’s Photograph,” which first triggered the now famous cryptic, despite later being branded a fake, appeared on the front page of the Daily Mail on April 21, 1934.

Google says there are around 200,000 searches for the legend each month, and around 120,000 for information on local accommodation. But despite that, “few people know what the loch even looks like.”

The original "Surgeon's Photograph."

The original “Surgeon’s Photograph.”

But now you can explore it all, from the comfort of your living room, using Street View. And when you do navigate to the area, look out for the Street View Pegman, which will be donning a Nessie costume.