Loch Ness Monster May Be A Giant Eel, According To Scientists

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The story of the fabled Loch Ness monster from Scotland is one of the oldest myths that garnered a lot of attention in the early part of the 20th century.

Written By Ruchit Rastogi | Mumbai | Updated On:
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The contemporary folklore of the fabled Loch Ness monster garnered attention in the early part of the 20th century. The scientists of modern times have stated that the frequent sightings of the mythical monster may be eels that are big in size in the Scottish lakes.

Mystery of the Loch Ness monster

Analysts from New Zealand have tried to take account of all living creatures by separating DNA from samples of water in the Loch Ness lake, a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands.

After conducting research, analysts have rebutted the presence of any large-sized animal said to fit the description of the Loch Ness monster. Sightings of a Greenland Shark and a catfish were also refuted by the officials conducting the research.
Although, the research conducted was to find out and catalog the plants and animals living in the Loch. Eels were one of the creatures found to be living in the lake. Young Eels migrate for more than 5000 kilometers and reach these Lochs to lay their eggs and make a new home. 

A geneticist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, Neil Gemmell said that there is a large amount of DNA spread everywhere belonging to the eels but his research did not reveal the size of the eels. However, the quantity of DNA found does not negate the idea of having giant eels. Based on the research done and the explanations given, it is possible that the people who have reported the sightings of the Loch Ness monster may have seen a giant eel.


Scotland's fabled monster

The myth of the Loch Ness monster is one of the oldest myths dating back to hundreds of years. The folklore has been the subject of many books, television shows, and movies. It has also led to an increase in tourism due do the tale having worldwide popularity. 

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The first sighting can be dated back to 565 AD when St Columba saw the monster for the first time and the contemporary sighting can be traced back to the 1930s.

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A report by Alec Campbell in the year 1933, Alec witnessed a whale-sized creature because of which the water was swirling and that led to the beast being called a monster by Evan Barron who was the editor of The Inverness Courier at that time. 

Reports in the past have also included the presence of swimming circus elephants who have been mistaken to be the Loch Ness monsters. During the early 1930s, circuses and fairs were a common occurrence in the area and because of that circus elephants were allowed to swim in the Scottish lakes while the circus was not performing in order to give the animals some rest. Another floating theory has big fallen branches substituting for the so-called Loch Ness monster. 

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