A researcher behind a recent study on whether or not the Loch Ness Monster is real, has released a surprising conculsion. As Fox News reports:
After months of speculation surrounding a study into whether the Loch Ness monster was real, the researcher behind it has claimed it could be a giant eel and not a giant plesiosaur from a long-lost era.
Speaking at a press conference early Thursday morning, New Zealand researcher Neil Gemmell gave his “plausible” explanation for what people may have seen in the past, but added that it is most certainly not a dinosaur.
“We can’t find any evidence of a creature that’s remotely related to that in our environmental-DNA sequence data,” Gemmell said, according to the BBC. “So, sorry, I don’t think the plesiosaur idea holds up based on the data that we have obtained.”
“There is a very significant amount of eel DNA,” Gemmell, a geneticist from New Zealand’s University of Otago, added. “Eels are very plentiful in Loch Ness, with eel DNA found at pretty much every location sampled – there are a lot of them. So, are they giant eels? Well, our data doesn’t reveal their size, but the sheer quantity of the material says that we can’t discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness.”
Still an eel seems rather small to explain away the constant sightings reported over the years of a giant creature lurking somewhere in Loch Ness. Is the researcher being completely honest? Or is there something he would rather the public not know?