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Scientists to reveal 'plausible' Nessie theory


Posted on Wednesday, 21 August, 2019 | Comment icon 72 comments

What could be lurking in the depths of Loch Ness ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ben Buxton
A biological study of Loch Ness has produced a credible explanation for the Loch Ness Monster phenomenon.
The study, which was lead by New Zealand geneticist Professor Neil Gemmell, involved analyzing the DNA contained within 250 samples of Loch Ness water to determine what is living there.

Numerous species were identified including 15 different species of fish and a whopping 3,000 species of bacteria, among other things.

Part of the study also involved investigating the validity of various monster hypotheses such as whether or not the creature could be a prehistoric reptile, a sturgeon or a giant catfish.

Now according to the team, the results have helped to reveal a "plausible" explanation for the plethora of Loch Ness Monster sightings reported over the years.
"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," said Prof Gemmell.

"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."

Sadly however, we will need to wait just a little bit longer to find out what that theory is.

The team's findings will be revealed at an event in Drumnadrochit next month.

Source: BBC News | Comments (72)

Tags: Loch Ness Monster

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #63 Posted by Impedancer on 6 September, 2019, 7:22
Is that the new Glenfiddich with bits of Nessie in it;-)
Comment icon #64 Posted by Gwynbleidd on 6 September, 2019, 10:05
Gosh is that celsius???
Comment icon #65 Posted by Jon the frog on 6 September, 2019, 10:34
They didn't find seal DNA ??? https://www.icrwhale.org/pdf/SC039151-157.pdf a shame...or they don't look for it... or they cannot sample for DNA older than a couple of month ? days? so it proves nothing...
Comment icon #66 Posted by DieChecker on 6 September, 2019, 12:21
I think it depends on where they did the sampling. If not by where seals have been seen, which I think is limited, then might not detect them.  
Comment icon #67 Posted by DieChecker on 6 September, 2019, 12:21
I think it depends on where they did the sampling. If not by where seals have been seen, which I think is limited, then might not detect them.  
Comment icon #68 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem on 6 September, 2019, 13:25
Yes... its bloody cold and literally zero visibility just a few meters down.
Comment icon #69 Posted by LucidElement on 7 September, 2019, 4:50
‘Eels Bazzle Eels’ (Anyone wanna take a stab at that slightly changed movie quote?) lol.
Comment icon #70 Posted by Alchopwn on 7 September, 2019, 10:10
The notion of Nessie being a giant eel has been touted before.  I have heard (BUMP) that there used to be gentlemens' periodicals that were involved in tracking giant eel migrations across the British isles.  This made me wonder if they were the reason for all those tales of wyrms that knights had hunted and slain.
Comment icon #71 Posted by AlphaGeek on 8 September, 2019, 4:12
It is as good a guess as any of them.
Comment icon #72 Posted by jmccr8 on 8 September, 2019, 7:35
Hi Skookum At 900 lbs they are like a small tuna. jmccr8


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