The legendary Loch Ness monster of Scotland may be just a giant eel, according to a new study published.
Loch Ness is a deep and extremely large freshwater lake of Scotland, with an area of up to 56km 2 . The amount of water inside the lake is even more than the total of all lakes in England and Wales combined.
But more importantly, it circulates one of the most controversial sea legends in history: the Loch Ness Monster. The controversy is because although no one knows whether or not there is a monster in the lake, thousands of people think that they have seen Nessie (the name given to it) for many years. There is even evidence like photos, videos . probably.
According to the Straits Times, the scientists said this day after a thorough analysis of DNA traces in the icy waters of Loch Ness.
Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist from Otago University of New Zealand, said that the analysis did not show the existence of large animals such as dinosaurs in the lake.
However, according to Mr. Gemmell, there is a lot of eel DNA in Loch.
"There are many eels in the lake, each of our sampling sites has quite a lot of eels. And their volume is a bit surprising," Mr. Gemmell said.
According to a new study, it is likely that the Loch Ness monster is just a giant eel.(Photo: Straits Times).
"We cannot rule out the possibility of having a giant eel in Loch Ness. But we don't know if the samples (DNA) we have collected are from giant eels or just a normal sized one. There is still much we do not know yet. "
Professor Gemmell noted that despite the assumption of a giant eel that has lived for decades, no one has been able to catch it in Loch Ness until now.
An international team of scientists from Britain, Denmark, the United States, Australia and France took DNA samples from Loch Lake in June last year.
DNA sampling has been used as a tool to track aquatic organisms such as whales and sharks. Whenever an organism moves in its environment, it leaves small pieces of DNA from its skin, scales, feathers, feces and urine.
Professor Neil Gemmell sampled on his boat to study the DNA of Loch Ness monster in June 2018.(Photo: AFP).
These DNA samples can be collected and analyzed to identify which organism is based on comparison with a large database of DNA of hundreds of thousands of different organisms.
The first record of the Loch Ness monster appeared in the 6th century when the Irish monk St Columba was said to have chased the sea monster to the bottom of the lake.
For many years, many people tried to find the monster but failed.
Most recently, three years ago, a high-tech drone spotted a monster, but it was not as recorded.
A replica of this monster was used for the 1970 film - The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes.