New Zealand Scientists Have New Theory on Loch Ness Monster

Dinosaur? Giant fish? One thing’s for sure, the mystery surrounding Scotland’s Loch Ness monster lives on.

Sightings of the legendary creature affectionately known as “Nessie” date back 1,500 years.

New Zealand scientists now believe it is more likely a giant eel.

They gathered DNA from water samples.

They then compared them to known databases of plants, insects, fish and mammals.

“Using that DNA you can then sequence it and on the basis of the sequence identify the types of organism that are present in the water,” said professor Eric Verspoor of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Nessie mania is big business because people want to believe in the tales of the giant sea creature.

Others say centuries of sightings could have been anything from swimming circus elephants to large tree branches.

Communities near Loch Ness say they get about 10 reports every year of unexplained sightings.