A scientist named Neil Gemmell believes that DNA testing may once and for all solve the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.
The elusive lake monster is known worldwide and has been one of the most popular cryptids for many years. Professor Gemmell from the New Zealand University of Otago is collecting water samples from the Loch and analyzing them with the latest police forensic techniques looking for traces of unusual DNA. Although there are Loch Ness Monster sightings and reports dating back for decades the hard evidence that mainstream science requires to acknowledge such a creature’s existence has remained elusive. Various pieces of possible Loch Ness Monster evidence collected over the years including Nessie photos and videos are interesting yet questionable.
Gemmell said in the Daily Mail report that “We use environmental DNA to monitor marine biodiversity. From a few liters of water, we can detect thousands of species. All large organisms lose cells as they move through their environment. New genomic technology is sensitive enough to pick this up and we can use comparisons to databases that span the majority of known living things.If there was anything unusual in the loch these DNA tools would be likely to pick up that evidence.” Many Nessie researchers including Adrian Shine who leads the Loch Ness Monster Project have expressed interest in the study and even offered their assistance. The results of such a study could produce some very interesting results although most agree that at the same time the results are unlikely to change the Nessie myth and the minds of many believers or skeptics.
Veteran Nessie researcher Roland Watson said that he was unaware of anyone ever doing this type of DNA test before. This new approach to trying to solve the Loch Ness Monster mystery is without a doubt one of the more interesting in years. Hopefully, the DNA testing can be completed in a time fashion with results being revealed shortly afterward.