The Search

The final and definitive search for The Loch Ness Monster begins in 2018. By the time the final findings of the search are released in early 2019 scientists across the globe will have been involved in gathering samples of Loch water, analysing them and matching them against gene databases.

 

WHY HUNT THE MONSTER?

JURASSIC HYPOTHESIS

OTHER LOCHS, OTHER MONSTERS

Although the team is using the waters of Loch Morar and Loch Oich among their control groups this investigation will also help uncover two other possible monsters. Morag and Wee Oichy are the monsters that are said to live in those Lochs so the Super Natural History team could find, or disprove, not one but 3 Loch monsters!
 

HERE’S HOW THE QUEST TO UNCOVER THE MYSTERIES OF LOCH NESS WILL UNFOLD:

 
 

June 2018

 

 

Neil Gemmell and his team will board the Deepscan. This is the research vessel of the Loch Ness Project. The team will travel the length of the Loch taking water samples at 3 different depths.

This process is repeated at nearby Lochs Garry, Oich and Morar to establish a control.

All the samples from the 4 Loch are recoded to mask their source from the labs performing the analysis.


 

June and July 2018

 

The DNA is extracted from the samples and prepared for sequencing in labs in Copenhagen and Grenoble.


 

August 2018

 

Next generation gene sequencing. In partnership with Illumina


 

September to December 2018

 

The gene sequences are analysed and comparedto samples stored on international DNA databases to identify the species present in the Loch. This analysis takes place in labs in Dunedin, Canberra, Copenhagen and Grenoble).


 

January 2019

 

The findings of the search will be presented and the question answered: “What’s in Loch Ness?”