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An ongoing scientific project designed to hunt for the fabled monster lurking under the water of Loch Ness has finished, and may finally end the mystery around 'Nessie'.
A DNA investigation of the loch found one theory about the mythical monster within 'remains plausible'
Team - Scientists - Professor - Neil - Gemmell
The global team of scientists, led by Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago, used environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling of the waters.
It identifies tiny genetic remnants left behind by life and was sued to establish a detailed list of all life living in the waters of Loch Ness.
Research - June - Water - Samples - Length
During their research, launched last June, 250 water samples were taken from the length, breadth and depth of Loch Ness.
The DNA from those samples was extracted and sequenced, resulting in around 500 million sequences that have now been analysed against existing databases.
Professor - Gemmell - Findings - Study - September
Professor Gemmell will reveal the full findings of the study in September.
He said: 'There have been over a thousand reported sightings of something in Loch Ness which have driven this notion of a monster being in the water.
Sightings - Explanations
'From those sightings there are around four main explanations about what has been seen.
'Our research essentially discounts most of those theories – however, one theory remains plausible.'
Creatures - Loch - Fragments - DNA - Skin
As creatures move through the loch, they leave tiny fragments of DNA through their skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine, which can be used to identify the creature.
The team of scientists travelled the whole length of Loch Ness on the research vessel 'Deepscan', which is named after the operation to sonar scan the lake back in 1987.
Water - Samples - Depths - Loch - Order
As they sailed, they took water samples from three different depths within the loch, in order to collect the traces of DNA found in the waters.
They apparently identified 15 different species of fish from within Loch Ness, along with 3,000 types of bacteria that were living...
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