Has an answer been found to the Loch Ness mystery ? Image Credit: Google Street View
The results of a biological study of Loch Ness have revealed a possible explanation for the elusive monster.
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.
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, at last, after teasing the study's findings last month, Prof Gemmell has finally revealed the most plausible explanation for the Loch Ness Monster - giant eels.
This conclusion is remarkably timely given that we featured footage from the River Ness showing a large eel-like creature only yesterday. ( You can view the story/video - here
"There's no shark DNA in Loch Ness based on our sampling," said Gemmell. "There is also no catfish DNA in Loch Ness based on our sampling. We can't find any evidence of sturgeon either."
"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."
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