For many decades, people have been insanely searching the depths of Loch Ness in hope they might find one small piece of evidence that the monster exists. So far, the search didn’t prove too successful, so researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand, decided to adopt a new strategy to find the Loch Ness monster. This way, they are going to look for DNA samples.
Finding Nessie through DNA samples?
Throughout the years, people have come up with all kinds of so-called evidence to show the Loch Ness monster exists. In most cases, they were photos and snapshots that were relatively obscure, so it was hard to use them as a foolproof way to show Nessie is real. Now, New Zealand researchers, led by Professor Neil Gemmell, decided to take the search one step further.
Instead of looking for visual evidence, they will resort to science to find Nessie. They will collect DNA samples from the lake and then measure the environmental indicators in them. This means they will look at traces of DNA that might belong to the creatures in the lake.
Most of this DNA comes from animal leftovers, such as fur, skin, or scales. As it lingers in water, researchers will be able to catch these DNA strands and then sequence them. Soon after sequencing, they can compare the results with an already existent database of creatures on Earth. Also, they will get a list of all the animals in the Loch.
The analysis can highlight more about all the creatures living in the lake
Professor Gemmell isn’t too optimistic about this method, but he said it was worth trying. Through the analysis, he hoped they could find a strand of unknown DNA similar to a large reptile or a dinosaur. This would test the hypothesis that the Loch Ness monster is some sort of dinosaur who could survive the asteroid impact and retreated underwater. However, another viable theory is that Nessie should be a large catfish or another big marine creature.
However, the purpose of this study isn’t only to find the mysterious monster. By looking at all the DNA in the lake, researchers can learn more about all the creatures that live there. They don’t know much of the lake bacteria or the other microorganisms, so this is a great occasion to find out more.
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