UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The mythical monster of Loch Ness could be simply … a giant eel. Indeed, the results of a long study of decryption of DNA contained in the lake that were presented this Thursday, September 5 could end the legend that fueled tourism in the region.
After more than two years of working to compile a catalog of the flora and fauna of Lake Loch Ness, New Zealand scientists believe that the famous monster is nothing more than a big eel.
The scientist Neil Gemmell said in an interview with the BBC that the team had found no trace of a creature that could have looked like a dinosaur.
“But the water contains a significant amount of eel DNA. This fish is very present in the lake and we found DNA in samples from all areas of the lake […]. The amount of genetic material found allows us to assume that the eels of the lake reach giant dimensions, he said. We can not exclude that the creature that people have seen and believe to be a monster is an eel. ”
He added, however, that further investigations were needed.
The DNA study
As part of their research, scientists collected 250 water samples from various areas of the Scottish Lake and conducted a DNA study to determine biodiversity. Their goal was not to find traces of the monster, but to study in detail the flora and fauna of the lake.
It turned out that no large animal inhabits, and probably never inhabited, the lake.
They also found no trace of plesiosaur, or even large fish. The only animal that inhabited the lake and could grow to a significant size was the eel.
The researchers also ruled out the myth that the monster’s myth owes its existence to huge catfish or other large fish, such as the Greenland shark.
Eels arrive in Scottish rivers and lochs after migrating more than 5,000 kilometers from the Sargasso Sea where fish breed.
The mystery finally pierced?
The legend of the monster Loch Ness was born after the publication, April 21, 1934 in the Daily Mail, a cliché that, although vague, made famous this creature. The picture seemed to represent a small head at the end of a long neck emerging from the water.
The press even claimed to have found witnesses who saw the monster cross a road.
In 1933, the editor of the Scottish newspaper Inverness Courier gave his name to the creature: the monster of Loch Ness.
In this context, 20 Minutes had previously said that the photo was a hoax, which was recognized 69 years later by the son-in-law of the adventurer Marmaduke Wetherell, who wanted revenge. The latter was hired by the Daily Mail in the early 1930s to lead an expedition to bring back the dead or alive monster. The expedition was a fiasco, Marmaduke Wetherell had been ridiculed.
Now, the sea monster would have been seen for the first time by the Irish monk Saint Columba, in the year 565 …
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