Is the mystery of the loch ness monster about to be solved? Neil gemmell, a geneticist at the university of otago in New Zealand, said Wednesday that the monster of loch ness may be a giant eel, CNN reported.
International scientific research teams have been collecting 250 “environmental DNA” samples at different locations and depths since June 2018 to study the lake’s biodiversity, the report said. Such methods are often used to monitor the movements of whales or sharks in the ocean.
Through the water samples analysis of lattice in Scotland’s 5th drame nader rohit loch ness center said at a news conference, there are many eels in loch ness, the research team in almost all sampling sites were found in water samples of eel DNA, therefore does not exclude the possibility the lake there are very large eels. But he stressed that it was impossible to determine from existing samples whether the DNA belonged to an eel of normal size or a giant eel. “we don’t know yet,” he said.
And the new data also rule out the existence of plesiosaurs in loch ness. “Were there plesiosaurs at loch ness? No. There is absolutely no evidence of any reptile sequences in our sample, “gemmell said,” so I think we’re pretty sure there are no scaly reptiles in loch ness.”
Gemmell agrees that this is unlikely to be the answer to a 2018 claim by loch ness hunter Steve feltham that loch ness has giant catfish. “loch ness may have giant catfish, but we don’t find their DNA,” he says. “There’s probably a water monster at loch ness,” he added, “but we didn’t find it.”
Gemmell’s team’s main goal was to study the lake’s biodiversity, the report said. As a result, gemmell said in the release, the study will eventually provide a publicly available database of all lake species, which could help measure changes in biodiversity and the impact of invasive species.
According to previous media reports, the legend of the loch ness monster can be traced back to AD 565. It has been found 1,036 times in the past 1,500 years, but most of them are not true.