Is this the Loch Ness monster?

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This satellite image shows a 100-foot long shape in Loch Ness, leading to excitement among experts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club who have spent months studying the image.

The image was spotted last year by two men who were using Apple's satellite map app on their smartphones.

One of them — Andrew Dixon from Darlington in County Durham — told The Daily Mail: "It was a total fluke that I found it. I was looking at satellite images of my town and then just thought I’d have a look at Loch Ness. The first thing that came into my head when I saw it was: 'That’s the Loch Ness Monster'. It was the shape of it, I thought it had to be something more than a shadow."

The image was also spotted by Peter Thain, from Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland, and both men sent it to the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club.

Club president Gary Campbell said: ‘We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is. It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.

"Whatever this is, it is under the water and heading south, so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the Loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie.

"Now that we have spies in the skies above Loch Ness, maybe we will get more sightings."

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