Whether it’s a century-old hoax or a real-life prehistoric creature, the Loch Ness Monster has been baffling scientists and fantasy fans alike since 1933.
And now the data analyst has said that if the Loch Ness monster exists, it is not a giant snake.
Flo Foxon calculated the likelihood of a European python over 20 feet (six meters) long in a Scottish lake using fishing data.
Although he found it to be “essentially zero”, he admitted that “if it were real, it could be a snake, but not a very large snake.”
For years, experts have argued that sightings of the “lake monster” were simply the result of natural bubbles, or a “collective illusion” inspired by dinosaur finds.
Dinosaur fossils found in Loch Ness-like freshwater bodies that resemble the supposed monster suggest it may have lived 66 million years ago.
In 2019, Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago conducted a comprehensive DNA study of the infamous house monster from 250 water samples.
His team was looking for small genetic remains left behind by life in Loch Ness, which they used to create a detailed list of all life forms that lived in its waters.
They identified 15 different fish species and 3,000 bacterial species, but found no evidence of prehistoric marine reptiles that were associated with the “monster”.
The researchers also found no evidence of large fish such as sturgeons, catfish and Greenland sharks, but did find “very large amounts of eel DNA.”
Professor Gemmell said: “Eels are very numerous in Loch Ness and eel DNA has been found almost everywhere that samples have been taken – there are a lot of them. Our data does not reveal their size, but the amount of substance itself suggests that we can “We We don’t rule out the possibility that there could be giant snakes in Loch Ness, so we can’t rule out the possibility that what people see and think is the Loch Ness Monster could be a giant snake.”
European pythons typically grow from 2 to 2.6 feet (60 to 80 cm), but exceptions have been noted.
In his new study, Mr. Foxon calculated that more than 8,000 snakes lived in Loch Ness at any one time.
Based on this number, the chance of finding an eel about 3.3 feet (1 meter) long is one in 50,000.
But the chance of finding a snake longer than 20 feet (six meters) is “virtually zero.”
This indicates that if the “lake monster” really exists, then, according to Foxon, most likely it will not just be a giant sea serpent.
“Some snakes may be responsible for alleged sightings of fairly large animals on the surface of the lake,” he wrote.
The meter snake is expected to exist for several generations. However, this is not a “monster” assumption.
Foxon, who studied physics at the University of Nottingham but now lives in Pennsylvania, concluded that sightings of the Loch Ness Monster could be explained by a “wave phenomenon” or “sometimes wandering mammals.”
The accounts of the world are published on bioRxiv As a preprint, not yet peer-reviewed, along with a similar study on Bigfoot.
Source: Daily Mail