The search for the Loch Ness monster ends without evidence

2023-08-28 19:03:00, Kuriozitete CNA

The search for the Loch Ness monster ends without evidence

The largest hunt for the Loch Ness monster in more than half a century has resulted in several reports of possible sightings, but nothing conclusive. Data evaluation will take a long time.

Several reports of possible sightings have been recorded as the biggest trophy from the Loch Ness monster hunt in decades ended in Scotland on Sunday. However, no definitive proof of the existence of the famous beast has yet been found.

According to project manager Alan McKenna, he received a number of videos and instructions from people watching live streaming cameras trained on the famous loch in the Scottish Highlands.

However, analyzing the data and distinguishing between facts and wishful thinking will take a lot of time, he said.

Who organized the research?

The Loch Ness Center has partnered with the volunteer Loch Ness Exploration team to organize The Quest. Organizers say the two-day hunt was the most systematic search since 1972 for the elusive or fictional monster known as "Nessie".

They said they will use surveillance equipment never before tried on the lake, including thermal drones. A hydrophone was also used to detect underwater acoustic signals.

Hundreds of themselves join the hunt for the Loch Ness monster

Volunteers from around the world were sent to 17 locations around the lake to look for any sign of 'Nessie', while others set off by boat. Hundreds followed the search for Loch Ness using webcams.

McKenna and his team traveled to the lake several times and used an underwater microphone, called a hydrophone, in hopes of uncovering the mystery. During one of the tests on Friday, "strange noises" were heard, he said. However, a check at the same location on Sunday turned up nothing.

What is the Loch Ness Monster?

Loch Ness, located in the Scottish Highlands, is the largest lake in Great Britain by volume, with a length of 36 kilometers and a maximum depth of 240 meters.

The legend of a monster in this country first appeared as early as 565 AD, when the Irish monk Saint Columba told of the creature attacking a swimmer.

In 1934, Britain's Daily Mail published a photo it claimed showed the Loch Ness Monster. The famous "surgeon photo" was later revealed to be a hoax, but it helped popularize the image of the creature internationally.

The search for the Loch Ness monster ends without evidence

The Loch Ness Centre, based in the Highland village of Drumnadrochit, says 1,100 sightings of the monster have been officially recorded.

This weekend's search is not the first time researchers have scoured the lake for signs of the Loch Ness monster. In 2018, a DNA study by a group of researchers found no evidence of large animals in Loch Ness, revealing only the presence of numerous eels./DW





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