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If you’ve visited Scotland’s Loch Ness Lake, you have most likely heard the legend of the Loch Ness monster that lurks in its murky depths.

Now, after hundreds of years of Scottish lore, a team of scientists are investigating the lake, and their findings may tell us if the monster is in fact real.

Professor Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago, is leading the study with a global team a researchers. Gemmell plans to take 300 samples of the lake water and extract the DNA to determine the species that live within the lake’s environs. The DNA results will then be compared against a database of known species.

Professor Gemmel noted that he doesn’t believe in the idea of the monster, however he is open to the idea that there are things yet to be discovered. 

“While the prospect of looking for evidence of the Loch Ness monster is the hook to this project, there is an extraordinary amount of new knowledge that we will gain from the work about organisms that inhabit Loch Ness,” Gemmell said on his university website.

Like many tourists to the lake, Gemmel visited the with hopes of seeing the monster. He said he first came up with the idea of investigating the lake for himself a few years ago, AP reports. 

The research is expected to be conducted in June, and the findings will be presented at the end of the year, AP reports. 

H/T: AP News

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