Does the Loch Ness Monster really exist?

It’s an age old question that to date has no definitive answer. However, according to STV News, a scientist from New Zealand is working on a resolution to this particular puzzler and we could be just weeks away from knowing the truth!

Coordinating a global team, Professor Neil Gemmell plans to extract genetic codes from Loch Ness in Scotland, in order to work out what lives in the famous body of water. Professor Gemmell will then use the DNA findings to determine if there’s an unknown creature lurking in the Loch’s murky depths.

“I don’t believe in the idea of a monster,” he said. “But I’m open to the idea that there are things yet to be discovered and not fully understood.

“Maybe there’s a biological explanation for some of the stories.”

Working across a two-week period, Professor Gemmell and his team will take samples from the Loch. These samples will then be sent to labs in New Zealand, Australia, France and Denmark for a full analysis.

So, will Professor Gemmell finally solve the mystery of Loch Ness?

It’s entirely possible, but the Professor is not going to lose any sleep if things don’t work out exactly as planned.

He said: “While the prospect of looking for evidence of the Loch Ness monster is the hook to this project, there is an extraordinary amount of new knowledge that we will gain from the work about organisms that inhabit Loch Ness – the UK’s largest freshwater body.”

Of course, if Professor Gemmell’s two-week operation just happens to coincide with Nessy’s summer vacation, then maybe we’ll never know for sure.