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New study casts doubt on Loch Ness Monster plesiosaur theory


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12 hours ago, lismore said:

That's an interesting video but it's hard to see if that is an eel or trash floating by. Even if it is a fish it is not that big. There is no scale to determine the size.

Take this from the article.

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Last week experts from New Zealand suggested the monster was a giant eel after studying DNA extracted from the 23-mile long fresh­water loch in the Scottish Highlands.

The reference is to Gemmel who did an eDNA study in Loch Ness. Here is a link to the work

https://www.singularfortean.com/news/2019/9/5/giant-eels-could-be-responsible-for-monster-sightings-in-scotlands-loch-ness-says-scientist

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There is a very significant amount of eel DNA. Eels are very plentiful in Loch Ness, with eel DNA found at pretty much every location sampled - there are a lot of them. So - are they giant eels?

Well, our data doesn't reveal their size, but the sheer quantity of the material says that we can't discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness. Therefore we can't discount the possibility that what people see and believe is the Loch Ness Monster might be a giant eel.

Correctly, Gemmel states that there might be eels of any size including large eels. The eDNA evidence does not tell us about size. What is known is that there are eels. People catch eels in Loch Ness. But are these eels a different species? Have people caught anything other than ordinary sized eels?

https://www.science.org/content/article/loch-ness-monster-just-big-eel

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Neil Gemmell, the lead researcher on the study, hypothesized that the monster could just be an enormous eel. But even though the team found no evidence of plesiosaurs, Gemmell says, "we can't prove a negative."

And that is what I recall from interviews of Gemmel at the time. Interestingly enough there has been nothing about eels since these fall 2019 reports

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