Kiwi scientists to lead new hunt for Loch Ness monster

Опубликованно 13.06.2018 19:03

Kiwi scientists to lead new hunt for Loch Ness monster

The team, led by Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago, is set to investigate the murky waters of Loch Ness in Scotland next month.

The Loch News monster, commonly referred to as “Nessie”, supposedly has a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. Evidence of its existence is purely anecdotal, with a few disputed photographs and sonar readings.

Popular interest and belief in the creature has varied since alleged sightings came to worldwide attention in 1933.

The scientists will use environmental DNA sampling of the waters to identify tiny DNA remnants left behind by life in the loch.

They will then use this information to establish a detailed list of all life living in Loch Ness and make comparisons between it and several other lochs to find how Loch Ness differs from other sites — if indeed it does.

Gemmell said the approach works because life is messy.

“Whenever a creature moves through its environment, it leaves behind tiny fragments of DNA from skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine,” he said.

“This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large databases of known genetic sequences from 100,000s of different organisms — if an exact match can’t be found we can generally figure out where on the tree of life that sequence fits.” BIZARRE: Could This Be a Possible Loch Ness Monster Sighting June 010:19

Irishman Tony was visiting the beautiful Loch Ness in Scotland, when he caught this questionable footage. The legend of the Loch Ness monster is renowned worldwide, but the elusive lake lurker’s existence has never been confirmed. Watch closely as the water ripples heavily in a straight line. Could this really be a Nessie sighting? Credit: YouTube/TonesBlighJune 15th 20162 years ago/display/ - syndicated/

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