Could the Loch Ness monster be a giant eel?

6 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Could the Loch Ness monster be a giant eel?

DRUMNADROCHIT: Is the Loch Ness monster a shark? A giant catfish? A sturgeon? No, it’s a giant eel! Or at least it could be, according to a study published on Thursday, reports AFP.

“There is a very significant amount of eel DNA,” Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist at the University of Otago in New Zealand said after a year-long study of the lake. Tale of a giant creature lurking beneath the murky waves of Loch Ness in Scotland have been around for more than 1,500 years — fueled by occasional sightings of “Nessie”.        But Gemmell said his study had found no evidence of a monster-like Jurassic-era reptile in what is Britain’s largest body of fresh water.

“We can’t find any evidence of a creature that’s remotely related to that in our environmental-DNA sequence data,” the scientist said, adding that no shark, catfish or sturgeon DNA had been found either.

But he said eel DNA had been found “at pretty much every location samples — there are a lot of them.