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Analysis of DNA samples left behind in Loch Ness will reveal all the creatures living in the Scottish lake — and may even support one theory on the existence of Nessie.
Researchers collected samples of water from across the depths of the loch and sequenced the traces of DNA contained within.
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They have apparently identified 15 different species of fish from within Loch Ness, along with 3,000 types of bacteria that were living in the water.
Cataloguing life within the loch has let experts test some of the theories around the Loch Ness monster — such as that it is a prehistoric reptile, or just a big fish.
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Experts will reveal their findings in July 2019, but teased that some of the results were 'surprising.'
Biologist Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago, New Zealand, and colleagues 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.
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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.
This genetic material would have been left behind by all the different creatures in the lake, their coming off of their feather, fur, scales and skin, or being deposited in the water through their faeces or urine.
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If Nessie did exist, its DNA might have been picked up alongside those animals known to reside in the lake, such as pike, salmon and trout.
The DNA samples taken from the Loch were sent off for sequencing and analysis at labs in Australia, Denmark, France and New Zealand.
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Prof Gemmell intends to announce the study's findings in Scotland in July, although there is the possibility that the release date could be postponed until September.
The results, Professor Gemmell teased, are 'surprising'.
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