Earlier this month, scientists from New Zealand extracted DNA samples from all across Loch Ness, and found no dinosaur-DNA. The team also managed to rule out the presence of giant crocodiles, sturgeon, otters and seals. However, Dr Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago, said he was “surprised” by the “sheer volume” of eel DNA.
Dr Gemmell said divers saw massive eels in the loch, which he theorises could have been mistaken for a massive monster.
Now, a video from the Ness Fishery Board has essentially proven the scientists’ theory correct, after filming a giant eel beneath the surface.
The video shows a massive eel lurking in the background, with the Ness Fishery Board accompanying the footage with the caption: “Let’s be honest, when you see a large, eel-shaped object passing your camera in the River Ness, the first thing you think of is the Loch Ness Monster.”
Richard Freeman, of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, said: “I don’t believe the eel theory has killed off the Loch Ness Monster, quite the reverse.
“A giant eel which can grow up to 30ft is a monster in every sense of the word.”
Gary Campbell, the keeper of the Official Loch Ness Sightings Register, added: “We know Nessie is not a prehistoric monster — Loch Ness was a block of ice 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age.
“Nothing would have survived. A fish or an eel was always the most plausible theory.”
Juvenile eels, known as elvers, make their way to Scottish rivers from the Sargasso Sea near the Bahamas, a gruelling 3,100 mile (5,000 km) journey, each year to lay eggs.
“There is a very significant amount of eel DNA. Eels are very plentiful in Loch Ness, with eel DNA found at pretty much every location sampled – there are a lot of them. So – are they giant eels?
“Well, our data doesn’t reveal their size, but the sheer quantity of the material says that we can’t discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness.
“Therefore we can’t discount the possibility that what people see and believe is the Loch Ness Monster might be a giant eel.”