Not long ago, a group of scientists performed the most comprehensive survey of the Loch ever, and we may be just a step closer to finally revealing the identity of the infamous Loch Ness Monster.
So, what the Ness is it? Well, it is most definitely not an alien, its not a reptilian creatures, and its most likely not a shark.
According to the researchers who performed the DNA study, the mystery creature may be just a massive Eel, or as scientists say, lots of small ones.
Countless alleged reported sightings, and dubious photographs of the alleged creature point towards the existence of a massive, dinosaur-like monster with a long neck inhabiting Loch Ness in Scotland.
But now, scientists from the University of Otago may have finally put an end to the myth saying that the Loch Ness monster is not so monstrous at all and that the alleged sightings of the creature may have a reasonable explanation thanks to DNA.
The “monster,” affectionately nicknamed Nessie, was sighted for the first time in the 6th century, and subsequent sightings gave it the shape of a large aquatic reptile similar to a Jurassic Era plesiosaur.
Giant Eel named Nessie?
After the recent DNA analysis carried out on 250 samples of water collected in the famous Loch, the idea there’s a monster inhabiting the Loch been ruled out, as well as the possibility of giant fish, sturgeon or even a Greenland shark.
However, genetic data on the fauna points to other creatures responsible for the strange sightings: eels, and most likely pretty larges ones at that.
“Loch Ness is full of eels,” revealed Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago from New Zealand and director of research.
“We have found eel DNA in almost all the locations we have analyzed. And there are lots of them. We cannot rule out the possibility of giant eels on Loch Ness.”
Therefore, eels would be, according to the researcher, a more plausible explanation for the phantasmagoric presence. And not only because the lake is crowded with them, but also because in 2007 a video filmed an elongated shape, about four meters, whose shape may have resembled that of an eel.
“Divers have said they have come across eels as big as their legs,” Gemmel revealed.
“I don’t know if they are exaggerating or not, but there is a possibility that there are some very large ones, perhaps large enough to grow up to four meters.”
Although such an eel would be outside a normal range it is not something can be ruled out.
Are eels—giant eels—the answer to the long-standing mystery? The truth is that a giant eel would match the description of some witnesses who have described Nessie’s body as having camel-like “humps,” capable of producing waves in the dark waters as if it were a snake.
Although the new theory is certainly interesting, prof. Gemmell said further investigations will be needed to confirm or refute the theory.