Does the Loch Ness Monster Exist? These Scientists Found Out

Scientists from the University of Otago in New Zealand conducted a comprehensive study.

Apparently, the existence of the Loch Ness monster may still be just an old wives' tale.

Scientists from University of Otago in New Zealand conducted a comprehensive study into whether the Loch Ness monster is real and found that it probably isn't.

"Is there a plesiosaur in Loch Ness? No. There is absolutely no evidence of any reptilian (DNA) sequences in our samples,” geneticist Neil Gemmell, who led the study, said at a press conference.

Gemmell conducted the research in the British Isles' largest body of fresh water. The team did find a lot of eel samples, however, so he’s not ruling a giant eel out.

"Every single sample and site that we went to had eels and the sheer volume of it was a bit of a surprise. Now, is it possible that what people are seeing is a giant eel? Well, maybe," he said.

A giant eel isn’t exactly the same as a giant dinosaur, but Gemmell said one can never truly know. 

“People will continue to see things here and a lack of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence. So there may well be a monster in Loch Ness, we don't know. We didn't find it,” he added.