DNA test indicates 'Loch Ness Monster' would be an eel

The first "appearance" of Loch Ness monsters took place in the sixth century, and since then many hypotheses, stories and attempts at logical explanations have been developed. Despite all the efforts of scientists and enthusiasts to identify the culprits, according to the Washington Post, a New Zealand scientist claims to have finally discovered the monster's identity by using evidence from environmental DNA. The result? Nessie would actually be a giant eel.

The project analyzed the genetic material of all living beings on Loch Ness. To this end, in 2018, Otil University Neil Gemmell and his team traveled to Scotland with the mission of collecting 250 water samples from various parts of the lake. The task was not exactly simple, after all, the lake is huge, 37 kilometers long and 788 meters deep.

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Despite the difficulty, the team was able to capture enough samples. After comparing the sequenced DNA to known global databases of living organisms, the scientists found nothing to indicate that the lake hides an unknown species.

But scientists found a very high amount of eel DNA in the samples. "The remaining theory that we can't refute based on the environmental DNA data we get is that what people are seeing is a very large eel, " says a summary on the project's website. British Isles native eels can grow a lot, can exceed three meters In 2001, two of them measuring just over two meters were found on the shore of the lake.

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Evidence from the project called eDNA may not convince Nessie's biggest fans, who insist that the photos circulating are real and the Loch Ness monster, but the same DNA-gathering technique used to try to find out the true identity of the “monster”. ”Can help and enable scientists to research and learn about habitats without disturbing or harming the animals they intend to study.