DNA Hints Loch Ness “Monster” Might Be Giant Eel

September 6, 2019

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A scientist who collected DNA from Scotland’s Loch Ness suggests the lake’s fabled monster might be a giant eel. According to the AP, Neil Gemmell from the University of Otago in New Zealand says the project found a surprisingly high amount of eel DNA in the water. While he noted that it’s not clear whether that indicates a gigantic eel, or just a lot of little ones, he said at a news conference in Scotland on Thursday that the idea of a giant eel is at least plausible. Gemmell did, however, feel confident saying the DNA project found no evidence to support the notion that the monster is a long-necked ancient reptile called a plesiosaur (PLEE’-see-uh-sawr).