Loch Ness Monster Discovery
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The Monster May Be a Giant Eel
The famed Loch Ness Monster has been the stuff of fiction and news reports from observers for 16 centuries. The mystery of Nessie dates back to 565 AD when St. Columbia reportedly had an encounter with a monster on the River Ness. It turns out that the monster may be fact and not fiction. Scientists from New Zealand have done extensive analysis of DNA in Loch Ness's waters. Their conclusion is the Loch Ness Monster may be a giant eel.
My favorite detective Sherlock Holmes would love this. An animated version of the Loch Ness Monster was featured in an episode of the Private Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Now 21st century science is nailing it. It looks like the Loch Ness Monster exists but it may be a huge eel that is keeping the legacy going. The New Zealand scientists believe that the lake's eels hail from the Bahamas and migrate to the Loch Ness waters of Scotland.
The scientific team's focus is the lake's biodiversity. They began their study in 2018 with more than 250 water samples from throughout the lake. They just reported that they discovered more than 3000 distinct species in the lake and very large amounts of eel DNA. They believe it is plausible that Nessie the fabled monster is most likely a giant eel of five to six feet in length. The New Zealand scientists used DNA to catalogue all living species in the Loch. They found no prehistoric monstors, no reptiles and no sharks but they did find significant DNA evidence eels.