Is Nessie the r-eel deal? Hunters will continue visiting Loch Ness
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NESSIE hunters have vowed to continue their search for the elusive resident of Loch Ness after scientists declared the creature could be a giant eel.
Following investigations into environmental DNA present in the water, the team yesterday announced to the world’s media there was no definitive evidence of a prehistoric-type marine reptile such as a plesiosaur.
Nor did the findings, based on 250 samples of water, reveal evidence of catfish, sturgeon or shark, which are sometimes thought to be behind reported sightings of the Loch Ness Monster.
However, the team, led by Professor Neil Gemmell, a geneticist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, also found no evidence of seals and otters – which are known to frequent the loch.
With the Loch Ness Monster estimated to be worth nearly £41 million a year to the Scottish economy, Nessie hunters and local tourist leaders have declared the findings inconclusive.
Steve Feltham, who has lived at Dores beach in a converted mobile library since 1991, acknowledged one of his own Nessie theories – possibly a catfish – had been dismissed.
“What is not dismissed is that thousands of people have reported seeing the back of something,” said Mr Feltham, who is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records for carrying out the longest search for the Loch Ness Monster.
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