Researchers to Scrape Lake Bed in Search of Loch Ness Monster DNA.

While Seth Breedlove is On The Trail of Champ with his new web-series chronicling America’s own fabled dinosaur, University of Otago professors Helen Taylor and Neil Gemmell are searching for Scotland’s iconic cryptid, The Loch Ness Monster. Partnering with other researchers and believers, the team will scrape the earth below the loch in 300 different areas, at different depths. They’ll be looking for DNA, or more specifically eDNA, which is left behind from feathers, scales and urine. Surely if a sea-beast has been lurking below the surface for thousands of years, something would be discovered through scientific testing.

The event is scheduled to take place next month, though a specific date is yet to be announced.

Historical books have sightings dating back to the 1800’s, but the first proposed photo of The Loch Ness Monster didn’t appear until 1933. The legend has continued ever since, hitting highlights in the 1950’s, 1970’s and 1990’s. It looks like only time will tell if a prehistoric dinosaur or undiscovered species is lurking in Loch Ness, or if over-active imaginations still bring over 340,000 tourists to the area each year.


Michael DeFellipo

(Senior Editor)

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