Google to help in the search for UK’s Loch Ness mon­ster

The China Post - - ARTS -

Those keen to search for Scot­land’s myth­i­cal Loch Ness mon­ster can do so from any­where in the world af­ter Google launched a cache of un­der­wa­ter and sur­face images of the lake.

The Street View se­ries in­cludes the an­cient Urquhart Cas­tle seen from the wa­ter, Fort Au­gus­tus Abbey and the lake seen “from Nessie’s per­spec­tive” un­der the peaty wa­ters.

When search­ing Google Maps in the area, the usual yel­low “Peg­man” changes to a green Loch Ness mon­ster icon, which can be dropped any­where on the lake to see the view from there.

“The Google project was so cloaked in se­crecy, when peo­ple asked about the rip­ples in the loch dur­ing the spe­cial div­ing ex­pe­di­tions, for once I had no opin­ion,” said Adrian Shine, a Loch Ness ex­pert who helped re­alise the project.

Its launch co­in­cides with the pub­li­ca­tion date of the “Loch Ness Mon­ster” pho­to­graph that helped make the myth fa­mous.

The so-called “Sur­geon’s Pho­to­graph,” pub­lished in the Daily Mail news­pa­per on April 21, 1934, pur­ported to show the mon­ster’s head and neck emerg­ing from the wa­ter, later ac­cused of be­ing a hoax.

The leg­end has been cred­ited with bring­ing sig­nif­i­cant sums to Scot­land’s econ­omy, and Scot­tish tourism body VisitS­cot­land called the project “hugely ex­cit­ing.”

“I hope peo­ple world­wide en­joy ex­plor­ing Street View to have a look and then be in­spired to travel to Scot­land to dis­cover this area of mag­i­cal beauty and nat­u­ral in­trigue,” Shine added.

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