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NZ scientists to test the water at Loch Ness

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oldrover
On 23/05/2018 at 9:36 AM, Baldylocks said:

Isnt the lake way too small for something the size of Nessie to be in?

Yes, much too small. 

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Menhir
On 5/26/2018 at 10:39 AM, ~Onyx~ said:

I hope they find the DNA of an unknown ape species, that way the folks who believe in 'Ol Footy AND the Aquatic Ape theory people can have a Battle Royal with the Nessie Nerds. It would be epic, we could call it "Lunacy at the Loch", or something.

LOL

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Menhir
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On 5/28/2018 at 7:16 AM, Black Monk said:

Why would we have done? New species are discovered every year. Several new species were discovered in Loch Ness a few years ago.

And what was the size of those "new species discovered in Loch Ness a few years ago"-?

It's relative to the size of the animal and the size of the environ where it lives.  It's much less likely to find a large animal in a relatively small environ, especially one that's pretty well constrained as is LN.  Add to that, Loch Ness doesn't have a food suppky big enough to spport a breeding population of Nessie-sized animals.

A lot of "newly discovered species" are actually 'only' newly IDENTIFIED species or subspecies.  In other words, the animal was already known for many years but was not recognized as a distinct species/subspecies.  Only when scientists peer at their genetic code, because they look outwardly similar to another species — these are called cryptic species. Some newfound species come from museum collections

Case in point: back in 2003, it was announced that "New Elephant species identified in Borneo!" But it wasn't an elephant that had never been seen before; it just turned out to be genetically different from other Asian elephants.

The Borneo elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis), a well-documented variety of elephant, is also called "pygmy elephant." This elephant, inhabiting tropical rainforest in north Borneo (east Sabah and extreme north Kalimantan), was long thought to be identical to the Asian elephant and descended from a captive population. In 2003, DNA comparison revealed them to be probably a new subspecies.

It wasn't that an elephant was found where one was never reported or confirmed before.

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Horta

This is how most new large species are now found. They are scientifically referred to as "crytpic" species (as opposed to "cryptids").

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