The Nessie Search continues duh duh daaaaaa
A new team of scientists have started a search of the murky depths of Loch Ness to investigate the mystery of Nessie. Only this time they are looking at the DNA in the Loch. The group is led by Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago, New Zealand.
This examination will involve sampling the water and looking at the concentration of living things, looking at what lurks inside that water and then the extracting of DNA from the loch.
Scientists say that as the creatures move through the loch, they leave tiny fragments of DNA through their skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine.
They will be travelling the length of the loch on the Loch Ness Project’s research vessel, Deepscan, taking water samples from three different depths. These samples will then be sent to labs in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark and France to be analysed for the final findings of research which will be released in early 2019.
Professor Neil Gemmell is not trying to prove or disprove the existence of Nessie but to see if there is any unusual DNA down there, he says “Scotland is dear to my heart because my mother and her family are Scottish, I’m delighted to be here to undertake our environmental DNA investigation of Loch Ness. It’s a place of extraordinary natural beauty.”
“We’re delighted with the amount of interest the project has generated in the science and, monster or not, we are going to understand Loch Ness, and the life in it, in a new way.”
Investigations are also being carried out at nearby Lochs such as Morar, Oich and Garry as control groups that could potentially reveal if there is something unusual lurking in Loch Ness.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to Loch Ness and nearby Drumnadrochit every year to try and catch a glimpse of the mythical monster.
Chris Taylor, VisitScotland regional leaderships director, said: “The mystery and the intrigue of the Loch Ness Monster attract visitors from all over the world to the stunning area every year.
“It is exciting to welcome Professor Gemmell and his team to the Loch and we will be eagerly anticipating their findings.
“While the research could provide an insight into one of the world’s most famous enigmas, it will certainly offer a closer look at all of the different creatures living in the Loch.”
“Tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy, creating jobs and sustaining communities, so it is great to have a spotlight on Loch Ness and encourage more visitors to discover what lies beneath its depths and beyond its banks.”