Loch Ness scientist set to reveal ‘plausible’ theory about mythical monster

Scientists investigating the Loch Ness monster claim they will reveal a 'plausible theory' about the mythical beast after taking DNA samples from the lake it supposedly lives in.

A global team of researchers, led by Professor Neil Gemmell, used environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling of the waters to identify tiny genetic remnants left behind by life in the Highland loch.

They then established a detailed list of all life living in the waters.

During their research project, launched last June, 250 water samples were taken from the length, breadth and depth of Loch Ness.

The DNA from those samples was extracted and sequenced, resulting in around 500 million sequences that have now been analysed against existing databases.

Professor Gemmell, of the University of Otago in New Zealand, will reveal the full findings of the study in September.

He said: "There have been over a thousand reported sightings of something in Loch Ness which have driven this notion of a monster being in the water.

"From those sightings there are around four main explanations about what has been seen.

"Our research essentially discounts most of those theories – however, one theory remains plausible."

As creatures move through the loch, they leave tiny fragments of DNA through their skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine, which can be used to identify the creature.


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