You’ve heard the stories. A massive, terrifying sea monster lives deep in the waters of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, only surfacing on very rare occasions to ensure that his legend lives on. Sometimes, most notably in 1934 by Robert Kenneth Wilson, “Nessie” is even captured in photos, furthering the belief that he’s truly down there.
The so-called Loch Ness Monster, of course, may not actually exist, but that doesn’t stop countless people from believing in him… nor does it stop them from searching for the fabled sasquatch of the deep. As reported by Reuters this week, a team of scientists will next month be taking a next level, groundbreaking approach to that particular hunt.
The site reports, “A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist.”
In layman’s terms, everything that swims around in the water leaves behind traces of DNA from their “skin, scales, feathers, fur, feces and urine.” From that DNA, scientists can determine precisely what has been swimming around in the body of water they’re exploring; if the Loch Ness Monster is down there, this search should find him.
Yes, Nessie’s poop could ultimately be the thing that gives him away. Go figure.
The findings from next month’s hunt will be made public in January 2019.