Google Earth User Finds "Something Large" in Loch Ness; Giant Eel?

Google Earth User Finds “Something Large” in Loch Ness; Giant Eel?


A Google Earth user made an interesting discovery while poking around Scotland’s famous Loch Ness this week, and thinks it could be Nessie.

The image shows a very long, pale object snaking through the waters of the loch, not much like the description of the prehistoric beast we usually hear. Could Nessie be a giant eel?

“I didn’t really expect to see anything but boat wakes, and did spot several small spots that are probably just that,” LadyGreenEyes wrote on Above Top Secret. “To my surprise, I DID see something else, though. I located, along the eastern shore, something rather long and serpentine-looking. It does NOT look like a boat wake (seen plenty of those in other lakes on there…), and it is too big to be a log.”


It’s long been debated on whether or not sightings of Nessie were just misidentified giant eels, but judging from the length of the object in this image, this would have to be an eel of gargantuan proportions.

“I know many reports are of something with a heavier body, but some are something long and thinner. From the many descriptions, if all were real, there would have to be more than one sort of “monster” in the loch!”

The coordinates for the strange anomaly are: latitude: 57°10’25.8″  longitude: 4°36’54.1″ for anyone wanting to go scope the mystery out for themselves.

What are your thoughts on the odd satellite capture? Could it be Nessie cresting the water? A giant eel? Just some waves? Leave your thoughts on our Facebook page, on twitter @WhoForted, or in the comments below!



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  1. Conquistador3

    04/06/2013 at 1:53 PM

    The giant eel explanation doesn’t hold much water (pun intended).
    Very, very occasionally an European eel will reach 4ft but the bulk is about 2ft long. Also, sadly, they are critically endangered due to overfishing. An European eel doesn’t stick around where it lives for very long: once it reach sexual maturity (it may take over ten years, the eel being a very slow growing fish) it will leave its home to spawn in the Sargasso Sea, never to return.
    Finally there are a number of physiological issues preventing bony fishes (technically called Osteichthyes, those biology classes are paying dividends now) from reaching large dimensions. That’s the reason cartilaginous fishes (Chondrichthyes if you paid attention in class) comprise all the largest fishes known to man.

    There’s all sort of flotsam and, sadly, trash in Loch Ness. Also large scale hoaxes are not unheard of.
    In short, there’s no need to call into question some unknown creature for this sighting.

  2. Steve Parkes

    04/06/2013 at 2:39 PM

    Unrelated to the story but to the comment above.

    I saw a European Eel moving through long grass near a pond and until it crossed the path and I saw it fully I thought it was an adder with dull markings or a particularly dark grass snake.

    Afterwards I was thinking how lucky I’d been to see it when it struck me I was a mile from the nearest brook, a couple of miles from the nearest canal and 5 miles from the river Severn and it was the middle of quite a hot dry summer (for England anyway). They must have a fantastic set of senses to find damp routes and resting spots during the summer. I bet it was glad to find a muddy pool that morning.

    The direction it came from has a swampy area a couple of hundred metres away and a wooded area leading to a smaller, less wild pond about half a mile from that so it wasn’t exactly a desert but still amazing to see what we think of as an aquatic creature being so comfortable on land. No wonder people thought them so wonderous not so long ago.

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  4. Shinywen

    04/07/2013 at 11:15 AM

    Honestly it looks like dust on the negative, but of course we don’t get that anymore with digital photography. I’m still thinking it’s an artifact of the photo though, perhaps a scratch on the lens? If it was something in the water, wouldn’t it appear darker than the surroundings rather than lighter?

    • Rob48

      02/26/2014 at 1:03 PM

      It certainly looks like a scratch or more likely a hair on the negative. It’s wrong to say “we don’t get those any more with digital photography” – a LOT of satellite and aerial imagery online is pretty old and is scanned in from real physical negatives. That’s how you end up with stuff like the famous “duct tape on Lake Baikal” that used to be on Google Earth – real physical tape holding the images together for scanning.

  5. ac

    04/09/2013 at 12:35 PM

    latitude: 57°10’25.8″ longitude: 4°36’54.1″
    Those coordinates put google earth in the middle of the north sea
    try these:
    57°10’26.56″N 4°36’53.99″W

    Personally, I’m more surprised to see that there’s evidence of sunny weather in Scotland….

  6. Finneus

    04/12/2013 at 1:02 PM

    The ruler tool in google earth measures it at 102.97 feet. If that is an eel then its preposterously gigantic. perhaps a very long string of fishing net floats?

  7. Martin Harris

    05/26/2013 at 2:05 AM

    Whatever this is, a search on Google Earth reveals about ten or twelve of these “eel-like” things in various poses. Take a look for yourselves.
    Could they be fishimg nets? dunno. they seem very organic.

  8. Tyler

    11/07/2013 at 8:24 PM

    Nessie was a proven fake, ever seen river monsters!! The Nessie legend was based off a Greenland shark!! NO Greenland shark is that big!!! U saw an odd reflection of the sattelite on water… Nothing more nothing less

    • Mitch

      04/10/2014 at 4:09 PM

      Wow, It is amazing that there are people out there that can tell others exactly what they saw, nothing more or nothing less. I am so comforted that we have people like that in the world. Also, River Monsters is a fairly good show but I would not go around believing everything stated by Jeremy Wade, especially on a legend that dates back to at least the 1400’s. Who can possibly know what inspired the legend in the first place? Maybe someone that can know exactly what others are actually seeing, nothing more or nothing less?

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