A group of scientists from New Zealand University of Otago conducted a large-scale study of the famous Scottish Loch Ness in order to uncover the truth about the existence of a monster in it or dispel the myth of Nessie.
The team, led by Professor Neil Gemmell, used the most modern equipment and the latest technology to identify animals on the traces of DNA, which they leave in the water in the form of tiny remnants of fur, feces, scales, skin, urine, and so on.
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After collecting numerous samples, all this “wealth” was subjected to the most careful processing and analysis. This is what Professor Neil Gemmell says about this:
“The work was colossal, especially since it turned out that cataloging a wide range of bacteria and microorganisms took much more time than initially thought. Even now it is still too early to talk about the final conclusions, but I can already state that the myth about Nessie is likely to continue.”
Part of the research also involved investigating the validity of different monster hypotheses such as whether the creature might be a prehistoric reptile, a sturgeon, or a giant catfish.
“Is there anything deeply mysterious?” said Gemmell. “Hmm. It depends what you believe. Is there anything startling? There are a few things that are a bit surprising.”
“We’ve tested each one of the main monster hypotheses and three of them we can probably say aren’t right and one of them might be.”