Scientists to continue search for Loch Ness Monster using eDNA - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Scientists to continue search for Loch Ness Monster using eDNA

Posted: Updated:
LONDON -

The search for Nessie continues. 

A global team of scientists plan to search the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA in an experiment to discover if Scotland's famous monster really does, or did, exist. 

eDNA sampling is already used by scientists to monitor marine life, such as sharks and whales. When an animal moves through its environment, it leaves behind tiny fragments of DNA. 

“This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large databases of known genetic sequences from hundreds of thousands of different organisms,” said team spokesman Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Reports of Nessie date back to the 6th century, and the most famous picture of the monster, known as the "surgeon's photo", was taken in 1934 showing a head and long neck emerging from the water. 60 years later, it was revealed to have been a hoax. 

15 years ago, scientists used 600 sonar beams and satellite tracking to sweep the full length of the loch. 

2 years ago, a marine drone found a monster, but it was only a replica used in the 1970 film "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes".

Scientists won't just be looking for Nessie. They expect an extraordinary amount of new information about the organisms that inhabit Loch Ness, including the discovery of new species of life, particularly bacteria. 

Expect their findings to be released in 2019. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo -- Really

    Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo -- Really

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:46 PM EDT2018-06-21 16:46:44 GMT
    File photo of a kangarooFile photo of a kangaroo

    DODSON, Mont. - Two people were injured in Montana Wednesday morning after swerving to avoid a kangaroo on the road.  Trooper Matt Finley with the Montana Highway Patrol said he thought it was a joke when he responded to the call, but when he arrived at about 4 a.m. he saw the kangaroo.  Trooper Finley said he learned there is a kangaroo farm west of Dodson. 

    >>

    DODSON, Mont. - Two people were injured in Montana Wednesday morning after swerving to avoid a kangaroo on the road.  Trooper Matt Finley with the Montana Highway Patrol said he thought it was a joke when he responded to the call, but when he arrived at about 4 a.m. he saw the kangaroo.  Trooper Finley said he learned there is a kangaroo farm west of Dodson. 

    >>
  • Puyallup woman pleads guilty to defrauding $290K from Costco

    Puyallup woman pleads guilty to defrauding $290K from Costco

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:56 AM EDT2018-06-21 04:56:03 GMT
    Puyallup woman pleads guilty to defrauding $290K from CostcoPuyallup woman pleads guilty to defrauding $290K from Costco
    Federal officials say further testing was unable to confirm the presence of E. coli in the onions and celery used to make chicken salad at Costco warehouses across the country.Federal officials say further testing was unable to confirm the presence of E. coli in the onions and celery used to make chicken salad at Costco warehouses across the country.

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $290,000 from a Costco warehouse over five years. The News Tribune reports 54-year-old Robin Cline pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Tacoma to charges of wire fraud.  Cline of Puyallup worked at Costco in Fife from 1996 to 2016 as an accounts receivable clerk. She was responsible for processing payments and refunds for customers of the warehouse club operator. Accordi...

    >>

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $290,000 from a Costco warehouse over five years. The News Tribune reports 54-year-old Robin Cline pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Tacoma to charges of wire fraud.  Cline of Puyallup worked at Costco in Fife from 1996 to 2016 as an accounts receivable clerk. She was responsible for processing payments and refunds for customers of the warehouse club operator. Accordi...

    >>
  • Spokane business owner fed up with feces, unwanted surprise at work

    Spokane business owner fed up with feces, unwanted surprise at work

    Thursday, June 21 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-06-21 06:32:06 GMT

    A Spokane business owner says enough is enough after finding human feces in front of her doorstep three days in a row. The incidences happened at Neat Old Stuff located at 3rd and Bernard. The shop's owner, CP Phare, has been in the same location for the last decade and says suspicious activity has ramped up in the last year, but nothing like what's been happening over the last few days. "There's like surprise packages usually two-to-three times a week," 

    >>

    A Spokane business owner says enough is enough after finding human feces in front of her doorstep three days in a row. The incidences happened at Neat Old Stuff located at 3rd and Bernard. The shop's owner, CP Phare, has been in the same location for the last decade and says suspicious activity has ramped up in the last year, but nothing like what's been happening over the last few days. "There's like surprise packages usually two-to-three times a week," 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Terminally ill Rathdrum baby gets gift of comfort from local business

    Terminally ill Rathdrum baby gets gift of comfort from local business

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:54 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:54:33 GMT

    RATHDRUM, Idaho - A family said their main priority right now is keeping their sick baby comfortable. They were recently told by doctor's their 19month-old daughter isn't expected to live much longer. They said one of the only things that eases her pain is a specialty chair that insurance won't cover. That's when friends said, "Help Me Hayley."

    >>

    RATHDRUM, Idaho - A family said their main priority right now is keeping their sick baby comfortable. They were recently told by doctor's their 19month-old daughter isn't expected to live much longer. They said one of the only things that eases her pain is a specialty chair that insurance won't cover. That's when friends said, "Help Me Hayley."

    >>
  • Hard Rock casino installs big guitar with misspelled word

    Hard Rock casino installs big guitar with misspelled word

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:45 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:45:21 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City had to work quickly to fix a misspelling on a 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) guitar installed this week.    The sign, modeled after a Gibson Les Paul guitar, was put up Thursday morning without officials noticing the word "rhythm" was misspelled on the rhythm and treble switch. It included the letter "E."

    >>

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City had to work quickly to fix a misspelling on a 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) guitar installed this week.    The sign, modeled after a Gibson Les Paul guitar, was put up Thursday morning without officials noticing the word "rhythm" was misspelled on the rhythm and treble switch. It included the letter "E."

    >>
  • Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Program Helps Find Elderly With Dementia Or Alzheimer's

    Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Program Helps Find Elderly With Dementia Or Alzheimer's

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:23:49 GMT

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - It doesn’t matter the time of year or the conditions outside, rescuers risk their lives to find missing people. Some are found; others don’t make it. “We're having a lot of calls for service in reference to these folks wandering away from their homes,” Will Klinkefus, a sergeant with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said. Two years ago, the sheriff’s office became the first law enforcement agency in Idaho to 

    >>

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - It doesn’t matter the time of year or the conditions outside, rescuers risk their lives to find missing people. Some are found; others don’t make it. “We're having a lot of calls for service in reference to these folks wandering away from their homes,” Will Klinkefus, a sergeant with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said. Two years ago, the sheriff’s office became the first law enforcement agency in Idaho to 

    >>