Loch Ness Monster: Here’s What the Urban Legend Could Actually Be

by Emily Morgan

Scientists claim they now have a “plausible theory” surrounding the Loch Ness Monster. According to a new scientific survey, it was most likely a giant eel. Since 565 A.D., there have been countless sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. Researchers have theorized what the odd sea creature might be for decades, but none have panned out— until now.

Recently, geneticist Prof. Neil Gemmel of the University of Otago, New Zealand, surveyed Loch Ness for traces of animals that are or have ever been in the water. Now, his findings show a strong theory that Nessie sightings might have been giant eels.

Gemmel and his team took over 200 samples from throughout Loch Ness. They then compared them with samples from five other lakes nearby. As a result, the researchers could create a census of all the life living in the loch based on the traces of cells they leave behind.

They found over 3,000 species of life and could narrow down some of the Loch Ness Monster theories. Scientists conclude that the sightings were not sharks, catfish and sturgeon, exotic fish, and prehistoric sea monsters like the plesiosaur.

According to Gemmel, there’s “not a single reptile in our vertebrate data and nothing that sat in the expected place that a plesiosaur [DNA] sequence might be predicted to lie somewhere between birds and crocodilians.”

However, they did find eel DNA throughout the lake. Gemmel reportedly found eels in “pretty much every location sampled” throughout the water.

Mystery Still Looms Surrounding Loch Ness Monster

Based on this, Gemmel and his team now believe that Nessie is from a family of gigantic eels. Although Gemmel’s experiment seems to rule out any possibility of a monster somehow living in the waters of Loch Ness, he admits that it’s still a mystery.

About 20 percent of the DNA found in his study was reportedly “unexplained.” However, this is quite common for an e-DNA study.

He also concludes that the survey could detect traces of land animals that rarely swim in the water, including humans. As a result, the survey’s accuracy is hard to deny.

All in all, the mystery surrounding the Loch Ness Monster will likely continue for decades. As the legend continues to receive local enthusiasm and tourists continue to visit the area in hopes of getting a Nessie sighting, the mystery will continue.

However, for those interested in studying possible realistic theories surrounding the creature, this one shouldn’t be overlooked.