A man from New Zealand has travelled to Scotland in a bid to locate the famous Loch Ness monster.
Neil Gemmel, a geneticist from the University of Otage, plans to trawl the Loch and analyse matter including excrement, urine and types of skin cells, to try and identify DNA of an unknown creature lurking in the depths.
The investigation will use similar methods to police forensic teams.
“Our group uses so-called environmental DNA to monitor marine biodiversity. From a few litres of water, we can detect thousands of species ranging from whales, sharks to plankton,” Gemmel told The Sun.
“Essentially all large organism lose cells from their skin, or digestive system, or whatever, as they move through their environment,” he added.
In April 2017 Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, expressed concerns that there had been no reported sightings of ‘Nessie’ for eight months:
“We’re quite worried that there has been an eight-month gap since the last sighting. This is especially so when you consider that pretty much everyone will have access to a camera phone to take video and pictures – we would have expected at least something in that time period,” he said.
Professor Gemmell’s research at the University of Otago website, centres on ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology.