The Loch Ness Monster has been terrorizing the minds and dreams of people across the United Kingdom for decades. But now scientists believe they can finally put the myth to rest. After these experts plunged into the depths of the lake and scoured hundreds of D.N.A. samples and reports of sightings, they believe that the monster is not a monster after all, but a large, slithering eel!
Lead biologist Neil Gemmell has been able to rule out many theories concerning the Loch Ness monster. Because of his team’s scientific research, he has been able to say with certainty that there are only a few “plausible” possibilities about what the monster could be.
According to scientist Gemmell, the loch might be filled with giant eels. If that were the case, then one emerging from the water might be able to fool the general population into thinking that it was a monster.
Although Gemmell and his team have used scientific methods to conduct their thorough investigation of Loch Ness, conspiracy theorists and so-called “Nessie” enthusiast don’t want to hear it. They claim that the research “has not proved anything” and that they’re still going to believe that a monster lurks under the surface of the dark waters in the United Kingdom.
Gemmell and his team took 250 samples from deep within the water of Loch Ness. They’ve also gone through numerous sightings of the monster. After running the numbers and doing their research, Gemmell and his team are confident that the only plausible explanation for the sea monster is that it is a giant eel.
Loch Ness is Britain’s largest and second deepest body of freshwater. This has turned it into a spectacle over the years as people fight to see the monster that is supposedly lurking somewhere near the bottom.
Gemmell, who conducts research at the University of Otago in New Zealand, said that giant eels could become very big, growing to as long as 13 feet.
The team that researched the mythical loch took samples and cataloged D.N.A. to see what might be living in the water. The analysis made it very clear that there was no monster living in the water. They found no D.N.A. evidence of large fish like a sturgeon or even a prehistoric marine reptile called the plesiosaur. They also discounted theories that a catfish or Greenland shark was in the loch.
Professor Gemmell said, “There is a very significant amount of eel D.N.A. Eels are very plentiful in Loch Ness. With eel D.N.A. found at pretty much every location sampled. There are a lot of them. So, are they giant eels? Well, our data doesn’t reveal its size. But the sheer quantity of the material says that we can’t discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness.”
Although this sounds like a plausible explanation for the monster, Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Sightings Register, called Gemmell’s scientific work into question.
“This research has not told us anything we did not know. It has not proved anything… We welcome the interest this study has generated, but it has not given us the answer to what Nessie is.”
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