The famous undated photo above which for years has been the image associated with the proof that the Loch Ness Monster exists is now completely debunked as scientists have now conclusive proof that Nessie, as the locals refer to it, does not actually exist.
DNA tests carried out on water samples from the river situated in Scotland now conclusively confirm that there are no ‘monsters’ living there not even in the depths.
Neil Gemmell, a geneticist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, led the study that tried to catalog all living species in the lake by extracting DNA from water samples.
“Eels are very plentiful in the loch system — every single sampling site that we went to pretty much had eels and the sheer volume of it was a bit of a surprise,” Gemmell said.
The study did rule out the possibility that Nessie, the favorite of folklore, is a long-necked ancient reptile called a plesiosaur. The study also rejected speculations that it might be a Greenland shark or a giant sturgeon.
The first written record of a monster relates to the Irish monk St. Columba, who is said to have banished a “water beast” to the depths of the River Ness in the 6th century.
Thousands have tried to photograph or capture the elusive monster since. The most famous picture of Nessie, known as the 1934 “surgeon’s photo,” shows a head with a long neck emerging from the water. It was later revealed to be a hoax involving a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head.
More recently, a high-tech marine drone found a monster in the Loch Ness in 2016 — but it turned out to be a Nessie-shaped beast created for the 1970 film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes,” which sank nearly 50 years ago.
“People love a mystery. We’ve used science to add another chapter to Loch Ness’ mystique,” Gemmell said.