Loch Ness Monster: Google Maps unveils its Doodle and Nessie Street View
Google is positively spoiling Loch Ness monster fans, as it celebrating the 81st anniversary of the famous photograph of the mysterious creature both with both a Doodle on its homepage and a new feature on Maps.
Those determined to spot the elusive Nessie can now use Google Street View to search for the supposed ancient beast online.
When Google Maps users want to explore an area as if they are on foot, the yellow Pegman usually appears. But in the area in and around the Loch, a Nessie peg-monster is replacing the yellow character, giving users the power to zoom into different parts of the lake.
Loch Ness Monster Google Doodle: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
The most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster was taken 81 years ago today. The grainy photograph “Nessie” was taken April 21, 1934 at the 800 feet deep Scotland lake.
The photo, known as the “Surgeon’s Photograph” was seen as evidence that the sea serpent existed, but it was later revealed to be an elaborate hoax. Nessie was in fact a toy submarine with a plastic wood head and neck shaped like a sea monster, according to the 1999 book Nessie: The Surgeon’s Photograph Exposed. The photo was taken by one of the hoaxers and given to Colonel Robert Wilson, who sold it to the Daily Mail.
“Sketching boats in dockyards was the inspiration for this illustration.
Once I’d assemble working cogs as the Google logo, all that was left was to show a cut away and reveal of what REALLY took place under the surface,”
the Doodle’s artist said.
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Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in Britain.
There is more water in Loch Ness than all the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together.
It is around twenty two and a half miles long and between one and one and a half miles wide, a depth of 754 feet with the bottom of the loch being as flat as a bowling green.
It holds 263 thousand million cubic feet of water which is around 16 million 430 thousand million gallons of water with a surface area of 14000 acres and could hold the population of the world 10 times over.
It is fed by 7 major rivers the Oich, Tarff, Enrich, Coiltie, Moriston, Foyers and Farigaig plus numerous burns, with only one outlet the River Ness which flows 7 miles through Inverness into the Moray Firth 52 feet below the loch surface.
During a heavy rainfall the loch’s level has been known to rise by as much as 7 feet and a rise of 2 feet is common place.
The rain catchment area for Loch Ness is so large that a rainfall of just quarter of an inch adds 11.000.000 tons of water to the loch.
It is said that the loch never freezes and this is true.
Because of the great amount of water in the loch a thermocline lies at around 100 feet down in the loch. The top 100 feet of water alters temperature depending on the weather conditions but below the thermocline the temperature never alters from 44 degrees Fahrenheit.
So as the surface water cools in winter and nears freezing point it sinks and is replaced by the warmer water from below.
This can cause the loch to steam on very cold days, in fact it as been estimated that the heat given off by the loch in a winter is the equivalent to burning 2 million tons of coal.