Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples


spaminator
#1
Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples
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Published:
May 23, 2018
Updated:
May 23, 2018 11:19 PM EDT
This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland. (AP)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths.
But now the legend of “Nessie” may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to the lake next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there.
University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell says he’s no believer in Nessie, but he wants to take people on an adventure and communicate some science along the way. Besides, he says, his kids think it’s one of the coolest things he’s ever done.
This December, 2016 photo provided by Neil Gemmell, shows University of Otago Professor Gemmell in Dunedin, New Zealand. Gemmell is leading a team to Scotland’s Loch Ness lake in June, 2018 to take DNA samples to find out what species live in the murky waters and to look for any sign of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Christine Auste / AP
One of the more far-fetched theories is that Nessie is a long-necked plesiosaur that somehow survived the period when dinosaurs became extinct. Another theory is that the monster is actually a sturgeon or giant catfish. Many believe the sightings are hoaxes or can be explained by floating logs or strong winds.
Gemmell said that when creatures move about in water, they leave behind tiny fragments of DNA. It comes from their skin, feathers, scales and urine.
He said his team will take 300 samples of water from different points around the lake and at different depths. They will filter the organic material and extract the DNA, he said, sequencing it by using technology originally created for the human genome project.
He said the DNA results will then be compared against a database of known species. He said they should have answers by the end of the year.
“I’m going into this thinking it’s unlikely there is a monster, but I want to test that hypothesis,” Gemmell said. “What we’ll get is a really nice survey of the biodiversity of the Loch Ness.”
He said the real discoveries may come in determining things like the prevalence of invasive species.
Gemmell, 51, said he first visited Loch Ness in his late 20s while on vacation. Like thousands of tourists before him, he gazed out over the lake trying to catch sight of a monster. He said he first came up with the idea of testing DNA from the lake a couple of years ago and it resonated with many, including his children, aged seven and 10.
Graeme Matheson, chief of the Scottish Society of New Zealand, said he, too, has visited Loch Ness and gazed out over the water, and that he wishes Gemmell all the best.
“I hope he and his cohorts find something, although I think they’ll be battling,” Matheson said. “Still, it’s a good way to get a trip to Scotland.”
Gemmell said that even if they don’t find any monster DNA, it won’t deter some Nessie believers. He said they’ve already been offering him theories, like that Nessie might be on vacation after swimming to the sea via hidden underwater caves, or that the creature might be extraterrestrial and not leave behind any DNA.
“In our lives we want there still to be mysteries, some of which we will ultimately solve,” Gemmell said. “That’s part of the spirit of discovery. And sometimes, what you find may not be what you were expecting.”
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Bar Sinister
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Oh no. What will this do to Loch Ness tourism?
 
Blackleaf
#3
THE Loch Ness Monster has been discovered by the British Government which is hiding the truth from the public, according to some quarters of the internet.

Conspiracists have speculated and searched for the Loch Ness Monster since it was apparently first sighted by Saint Columba in 565 AD which banished it to the loch.

Since then, there have been more than 1,000 sightings and, according to the official Loch Ness Monster website Loch Ness Sightings, 2017 was a record-breaking year with 11 sightings

According to popular YouTube channel All Time Conspiracies, the Government discovered the Loch Ness Monster but decided to cover-up the finding to prevent a tug of war between two museums.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co...&v=d2ODK-gPW_Q
 
Bar Sinister
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

THE Loch Ness Monster has been discovered by the British Government which is hiding the truth from the public, according to some quarters of the internet.

Conspiracists have speculated and searched for the Loch Ness Monster since it was apparently first sighted by Saint Columba in 565 AD which banished it to the loch.

Since then, there have been more than 1,000 sightings and, according to the official Loch Ness Monster website Loch Ness Sightings, 2017 was a record-breaking year with 11 sightings

According to popular YouTube channel All Time Conspiracies, the Government discovered the Loch Ness Monster but decided to cover-up the finding to prevent a tug of war between two museums.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co...&v=d2ODK-gPW_Q


Mayve you should come over here and help us find the sasquatch.
 
ricky67
#5
Si cette histoire était vraie, ils l'auraient découvert
 
Curious Cdn
#6
All that you need is a swab from the inside of Nessie's cheek.
 

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