A reader had a very sensible question for me: Why didn't today's print front page centerpiece about a new expedition to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance include what I'd call the linchpin of the whole story: a 1937 photograph taken by a British survey team, which investigators hope may depict wreckage from Earhart's Lockheed Electra?

I contacted the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which is spearheading the search, to ask if the image was available. They pointed me to their page about the project, which includes the image above (credit: TIGHAR photo by Eric Bevington. All rights reserved. Used by permission.).

I have to say I don't know that it would have been a strong contender to run in the paper if I were the one making the call, because it's really just a blob, and TIGHAR (which jokingly calls the object "Nessie") says it needs to consult a high-resolution new scan of the image for more information.