A view of the Loch Ness Monster, near Inverness, Scotland, April 19, 1934.
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By Rishi Iyengar
April 22, 2015

It’s one of the most persistent mysteries of modern times — does Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, exist? For those who are interested in finding out, Google is here to help. It has taken its Street View cameras on (and under) Scotland’s most famous lake.

The initiative, according to a post on the company’s official blog, is part of the anniversary celebration (including Tuesday’s Google Doodle) of the iconic “Surgeon’s Photograph” that began the legend. Taken in 1934, the photo showed what appeared to be a giant sea creature raising its neck out of the water, kicking off a series of conspiracy theories that linger to this day.

Google ditched its recognizable Street View car in favor of a boat in order to get the images, naturally, but also employed a team of divers to snap photos beneath the lake’s surface. There’s even a video showing how they did it.

Happy hunting!

Write to Rishi Iyengar at rishi.iyengar@timeasia.com.

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