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Experts Say The Loch Ness Monster Could Be Just A Giant Eel

If you’ve ever been to a campfire, likes folklore or just enjoys a good story every now and then, perhaps you’ve already heard of the famous Loch Ness monster. Living deep beneath Lake Ness, the Loch Ness monster is reportedly a giant, long-necked creature, according to “sightings.” As a story, the Loch Ness monster is one that has seen itself entangled in popular creature regardless if it’s real or not, based on the popular movies that aim to tell a story behind the shadowy creature.

For some, it’s a giant monster that has made the Scottish lake its territory, while some believe it’s the remnants of the past and is actually a dinosaur. However, according to a recent study made by scientists, the monster could simply be a giant eel.

Keeping the Tourists Guessing

Recently, a team of scientists from New Zealand’s Otago University made one of the biggest DNA studies in Lake Ness, finding the presence of more or less 3,000 species in the water. According to them, a high number of these creatures were very small. There was also some DNA of pigs, sticklebacks, deer and even humans. What there isn’t a DNA of however, is a monster, unfortunately.

With that being said, Prof. Neil Gemmell, who led the study, still couldn’t rule out the possibility that the eels in the lake may have grown considerably, and that the Loch Ness monster could simply be one of them.

“It is possible there are very large eel, but it depends how big you think ‘large’ is,” the professor said at a press conference at the Loch Ness Center following the study.

According to the professor, this eel theory fits in well with previous accounts of “sightings” made before, with the first one made back in 1933.

One other factor that may or may not support this is that Gemmell’s team was able to find numerous amounts of eel DNA. However, the team can’t pinpoint exactly whether the DNA was made by a single large eel, or by many small eels.

The notion is that these eels would normally migrate to reproduce, but they, for whatever reason, don’t. And they continue to grow to a very large size, forgoing reproduction for growth,” he continued.

loch-ness-101629_960_720 Lake Ness, said to be the home of the Loch Ness monster. Photo by Pixabay (CC0)

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