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US NewsStudy reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists

13:10  05 september  2019
13:10  05 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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In Scottish folklore, the Loch Ness Monster or Nessie (Scottish Gaelic: Uilebheist Loch Nis) is said to be a creature that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

A group of New Zealand scientists trying to track down the Loch Ness monster have revealed there is no evidence it exists.

Professor Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago, and his team had been testing hundreds of water samples from three different depths of the Loch, in an attempt to capture the monster's DNA for more than a year.

Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists © Video - The Project; Image - Getty As well as water samples, the team collected fur, feathers, skin, scales and even faeces left behind by other animals. The samples had been sent all over the world for analysis.

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This Munin autonomous underwater vehicle is being used to look for the Loch Ness monster .

This apparent sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was made at 5.18pm on June 22 about four miles south of Urquhart Castle, while holidaymakers were driving In April a scientist from New Zealand revealed plans to DNA test the waters of Loch Ness in another bid to determine if Nessie exists .

Gemmell told reporters in Scotland on Thursday morning (local time) there was "absolutely no evidence" of "any reptilian sequences" in their samples.

"I think we can be fairly sure there is probably not a giant scaly reptile swimming around in Loch Ness."

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Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists

The idea that giant fish might also be in the lake was also tested, he said.

"There may be giant catfish in Loch Ness, but we didn't detect any of them."

Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists © Getty A picture purporting to show the Loch Ness monster in 1934, later exposed as a hoax

However, he said there was one idea which remained plausible.

"There are large amounts of eel DNA in Loch Ness; eels are very plentiful in the Loch system.

"Is it possible what people are seeing is a giant eel? Well, maybe.

Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited "We don't know if the eel DNA we are detecting is gigantic or just many small eels.

"It's something we could plausibly test further."

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Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists
Study reveals whether Loch Ness monster really exists

Speaking from Scotland earlier on Thursday morning (local time), Newshub's Europe correspondent Lloyd Burr told The Project the Kiwi researchers had been to 250 locations throughout the lake.

"There are 500 million different sequences that they have discovered," he said. "They've compared them to a whole lot of other living things."

The Loch brings in about £44 million (NZ $84m) to the local economy each year.

Burr said previous studies throughout the years had disproven and proven the theory of the Loch Ness monster.

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