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Loch Ness Monster study findings revealed


Posted on Thursday, 5 September, 2019 | Comment icon 72 comments

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."

Source: BBC News | Comments (72)

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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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