Could we be about to find out what really lurks in Loch Ness?

A professor from New Zealand, who has been leading a team of researchers testing the main theories about the Loch Ness monster, has revealed that some ‘surprising’ revelations might be on the cards.

Loch Ness

Professor Neil Gemmell from the University of Otago in New Zealand is not some crackpot amateur scientist either. The expert in genomics, ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology and his team have been collecting the DNA left by animals from their scales, skin, fur, feathers and faeces. They hope to create a definitive catalogue of everything living in the Loch.

There are several theories about the nature of the beast that has been spotted lurking in the waters of Loch Ness over the decades, including that it is a long-necked dinosaur called a plesiosaur that somehow survived the extinction of the rest of its species. Other possibilities are that it is a large sturgeon or giant catfish. 

Results of the survey are expected to be released in July, but the professor has hinted that they may have found something out of the ordinary.

“We’ve tested each one of the main monster hypotheses and three of them we can probably say aren’t right and one of them might be.” He added, “Is there anything deeply mysterious? Hmm. It depends what you believe,” he said. “Is there anything startling? There are a few things that are a bit surprising.”

So watch this space, monster hunters…