The Loch Ness monster is one of those things in culture that just about everyone knows about. It is referenced in movies, on television, and occasionally in random conversations. The Loch Ness monster has been around for a while alluring the public for years, with most simply asking the question; does it actually exist?
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Interestingly the first sighting of the Loch Ness monster goes back to 565 AD, seen by the Christian monk, St Columba. Throughout the decades both the public and scientists have worked hard to try to find or even catch the creature with no luck. However today, we have some more interesting news about the elusive monster.
After a very long and intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Loch’s icy waters, researchers believe that the Loch Ness monster could just be a giant eel.
The elusive giant eel
Now one of the most interesting running theories surrounding the Loch Ness monster is the fact that it could be a long lost dinosaur. Nevertheless, the researchers’ analysis of the lake immediately ruled that out as a potential possibility. So, if you were looking to go out there to see a dinosaur, it does not look like that is going to happen.
Nevertheless, they did find something interesting, large amounts of eel DNA. Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist from New Zealand’s University of Otago told Reuters, “Eels are very plentiful in the loch system - every single sampling site that we went to pretty much had eels and the sheer volume of it was a bit of a surprise.”
“We can’t exclude the possibility that there’s a giant eel in Loch Ness but we don’t know whether these samples we’ve collected are from a giant beast or just an ordinary one - so there’s still this element of ‘we just don’t know.”
However, do not get your hopes up just yet. The issue with this theory is that no one has ever caught giant eels in the lake. So, what could it possibly be?
The DNA process
The sampling method is actually commonly used for the monitoring of marine life of whales and sharks. Any time an animal moves through an environment, it leaves tiny bits of its body. In short, researchers are able to identify these creatures thanks to this and can comprise a database of animals within the environment.
Do you think that we will ever find the loch ness monster?