Prof Neil Gemmell speaks to media at Drumnadrochit after spending a year analysing DNA samples from the infamous Scottish lake. Source: 1 NEWS
At a press conference on the shores of Loch Ness, Scotland, DNA scientist Neil Gemmel announced the results of his year-long analysis of what creatures lurk beneath the mysterious seas. NBC’s Kelly Cobiella reports for TODAY.
LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Scotland’s fabled Loch Ness monster could possibly be a giant eel, scientists said on Thursday after an intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Loch’s icy waters.Source: Loch Ness monster might just be a giant eel, say scientists
The results ruled out the presence of large animals such as dinosaurs, they said.
But there was a lot of eel DNA in the Loch, Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist from New Zealand’s University of Otago, told reporters.
“Eels are very plentiful in the loch system – every single sampling site that we went to pretty much had eels and the sheer volume of it was a bit of a surprise,” Gemmell said.
“We can’t exclude the possibility that there’s a giant eel in Loch Ness but we don’t know whether these samples we’ve collected are from a giant beast or just an ordinary one – so there’s still this element of ‘we just don’t know.'”