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Fact or fiction? One theory ‘remains plausible’ in Loch Ness monster search

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Fact or fiction? A Kiwi scientist is set to reveal his research into the Loch Ness monster.

An international team of researchers, led by Professor Neil Gemmell from the University of Otago, went searching for DNA from the famous 226-metre deep lake in Scotland in 2018.

That DNA was extracted from 250 water samples taken at various locations from the lake, and was then sequenced and analysed against existing databases.

The findings will be revealed at a press conference at Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness, on September 5.

Gemmell, while tight-lipped over those results, did say there had been about four main explanations concerning sightings of the monster.

“Our research essentially discounts most of those theories, however, one theory remains plausible.”

Previously Gemmell said it would be a surprise if any evidence of DNA sequences similar to those from a large extinct marine reptile turned up.

If scientists detected sequences suggestive of a reptilian animal, “we can explore that further”, he said.

The study could also test whether the monster was a large fish: a catfish or sturgeon. The main driver of the project was to show how the science process worked.

“It’s a project people are excited about and we’re able to tell them about the science we do in a different context,” Gemmell said.

“Monster of no monster, environmental DNA – the technology we’re using – is a very exciting way to assess living species in a particular environment. It’s very very good in water.”

The technology had gained widespread popularity in the past five years, and had been used in New Zealand for about three years, but not at Loch Ness.

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Mystery primate terrorizes Texas residents

Authorities are still trying to track down the creature.

Multiple witnesses have reported seeing a large primate lurking in the streets of the southern state.

The creature, which has been described by some as a “monkey”, has been seen on numerous occasions in the city of Santa Fe with one witness even claiming it tried to make off with a cat.

Another witness, Patricia de la Mora, called the police in the early hours of Monday morning to report that she had seen a large primate from her window after hearing strange noises outside.

“I look out the window and I see it was in there,” she said. “It was a monkey, a big one.”

“He tried to find something. He looked over there, then he looked over there, and I closed the curtain. I didn’t want him to see me.”

According to reports, officers searched the area for an hour but failed to find any sign of the creature, however the very next day they received another report from someone else living nearby.

“Just had a monkey try to attack me, while checking my mail,” the witness said.

“I’ve spent the last 20 minutes in my car.”

As before, no evidence of the creature could be found.

Residents have since been warned to stay away from the animal if they happen to encounter it.

Efforts to track it down are still underway.

Source: Independent

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An underwater camera records a Loch Ness monster like creature for the first time

It seems that in recent months there has been renewed interest in the Loch Ness monster. As we have already mentioned in various publications, the legend of Nessie dates back to 1,500 years ago, with the first sighting of a “water beast” in the Ness River recorded in 565. But it was not until the twentieth century when the legend He made world-famous. On July 22, 1933, a man named George Spicer, who was traveling with his wife, reported seeing “an extraordinary form of animal” crossing in front of his vehicle. The unidentified creature was apparently huge, without noticeable limbs, but with a large body and a long neck. Spicer said he left a trail of weeds as he headed toward the lake.

And the following year, after at least two more sightings of unexplained creatures in the area, the most famous photograph of the Loch Ness monster was taken by the renowned British surgeon, Colonel Robert Wilson. Unfortunately, in the 1990s, it was revealed that photography was a hoax devised by a man named Christian Spurling. Since then, there have been countless sightings of Nessie. But now we could have the best evidence in history.

The best evidence in history?

The video shows what appears to be a great creature passing in front of an underwater camera located on the Ness River. It was placed here by the organization “Ness District Salmon Fishery Board” , a legal body responsible for the protection and improvement of salmon and sea trout fisheries in the District of Ness.

“Let’s be honest: when you see a large eel-shaped object passing your camera on the Ness River, the first thing you think about is the Loch Ness monster,” the organization writes on its Facebook page .

The chamber is installed on Loch Ness to follow salmon currents and help local fisheries replenish rivers and streams. Since the Loch Ness monster catches the attention of all of Scotland, it is easy to forget that the waterways of this country provide the best salmon fishing in the world for fly fishermen, conventional fishers and even those with reflexes fast enough to catch them with their own hands.

And, since there are no bears that belong to the wild variety in Scotland, humans, development and climate change are their worst enemies, so 2019 is the International Year of Salmon, to try to raise people’s awareness about the decrease in the number of these fish.

Apart from this detail, the only thing we know is that the video was published on September 1 and that the water flow is from left to right, indicating that Loch Ness is on the left and Moray Fjord on the right . The Moray Fjord opens towards the North Sea. While the creature looks large compared to the salmon that appears in the images, it is difficult to determine its actual size. 

For the “Ness District Salmon Fishery Board” it could be a European eel, an endangered species that breeds in a region of the western Atlantic called the Sargasso Sea. And it seems that science agrees with this theory, as a team from New Zealand collected about 250 water samples during the most extensive study ever conducted on what is the largest freshwater body in the Kingdom United. The subsequent analysis did not reveal evidence of a shark, a giant catfish or a prehistoric creature, but it did conclude that there could be something out of the ordinary.

Loch Ness monster underwater camera - An underwater camera first records the Loch Ness monster

The DNA of the eels was so abundant in the water that scientists concluded that giant specimens could be living in the depths of the lake, which when raised to the surface could have been confused with the mythical monster. The research was conducted by the geneticist Professor Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago. Is that what the underwater camera recorded? Most people will think that some type of giant eel is, but there is a problem, and that is that these anguilliform fish are found in the Ness River between December and January. This video was recorded at the end of August.

What do you think about the video? Is it the Loch Ness monster?

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14th Loch Ness Monster Sighting Pushes 2019 Closer to Record

Professional sports fans hate when rules are changed to make games more entertaining because it often cheapens long-standing and long-revered records — lengthening the baseball season and the addition of the 3-point line in basketball are two examples. The same thing may be happening in Scotland — no, the rules of caber tossing haven’t been changed – but the inclusion of Loch Ness monster sightings on the 24-7 closed-circuit TV camera has contributed to 2019 fast becoming a record-breaking year for Nessie sightings. The 14th sighting this year just came in that way. Will this mean you can say you Stormed Loch Ness if you watched the event on CCTV?

“I watched the channel as a relief to the stress accumulated from watching recent large scale political protests in Hong Kong.”

Well, you certainly can’t blame Michael Yuen of Hong Kong for looking for something to take his mind off of the news, and it’s certainly better for his health that using pharmaceuticals or large quantities of adult beverages. According to The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, Yuen saw something “coming out of Urquhart Bay” at “1900 hours” (7 pm). He claims the object moves across the water from right to left on his screen for about 30 seconds before it moved “south behind a tree before disappearing into the water.” The official site and the Daily Record both show only still shots of the sighting (see them here) and neither explains how Yuen knew that it disappeared in the water when he also said it was behind a tree. Perhaps because he didn’t see it reappear on the other side of the tree? Does the Loch Ness CCTV pan the area? In any event, it’s too blurred to tell what it might be and there are no other reports from the actual shore.

Speaking of the Storm Loch Ness event scheduled to take place on Saturday September 21st (the day after the Storm Area 51 event but before the October 1 Storm the Bermuda Triangle event, there are now over 27,000 people committed on Facebook (for whatever that’s worth) to attend and over 51,000 interested. That could skyrocket if the event is covered by the CCTV – and their viewing counts towards the total attendance. This would require moving the storming 18 miles from Fort Augustus to Urquhart Castle – or moving the camera. Two people who would certainly attend via video would be Michael Yuen and Ireland’s Eoin O’Faodhagain, who has three 2019 sightings, including the first back-to-back ones.

Should these video sightings count towards the 2019 Nessie total? Should these videos be considered for the cash prize awarded to the “Best Nessie Sighting”? How would Scots feel if the Highland Games allow fiberglass cabers to make tossing safer and accessible to more potential competitors? There’s people in the U.S. who are still upset about Babe Ruth losing the home run record due to a longer season.

If the annual Loch Ness monster sightings record is broken this year, should it have an asterisk?

Source: Mysterious Universe

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