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A group of scientists has analyzed hundreds of DNA samples found in the waters of Loch Ness, some of them at a depth of up to 200 meters.
An international team of scientists led by Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist at the New Zealand University of Otago, probed for a year the waters of Loch Ness, Scotland, in search of genetic tests to determine whether Nessie, the legendary creature believed to be inhabit that place, it is a myth or a reality.
As Professor Gemmell explained to New Zealand Herald , all creatures inevitably leave fragments of their DNA , something that also applies to beings living in water. Moved by that certainty, the scientists collected hundreds of samples from different parts of the lake, even from deep areas located 200 meters from the surface.
From the first testimonies about the existence of Nessie, dating back to the sixth century, there are many theories about its possible origin and nature. Gemmell’s team decided to contrast the most popular ones, such as the one that suggests that the Loch Ness monster could be some prehistoric marine reptile from the Jurassic era, such as the Plesiosaur .
“We could not find any evidence of the existence of a creature that is remotely related to this in our DNA sequence database. […] Therefore, I am sorry, but I do not believe that the hypothesis of the existence of a Plesiosaur can be sustained based on the data we have obtained, “said the professor, adding that they also did not find shark, catfish, or sturgeon DNA, as other theories suggest.
What is your version, then?
One theory that could not be refuted from the samples of scientists is that Nessie is a giant eel .
Seún Gemmell, Loch Ness is full of eels. “Divers say that in the lake they have seen eels as thick as their legs, and regardless of whether they are exaggerating or not – I do not know – there is a possibility that there are very large eels in the lake,” he told the media. Although the size attributed to the Loch Ness monster is much larger than an average eel, the professor, as a geneticist, ” does not seem impossible that anything could grow to such an unusual size.”
The expert indicates that, for now, he does not have enough information to confirm or refute the giant eel theory, so this hypothesis “remains a plausible idea.”