On June 26th,media reported that a photograph of Loch Ness had reignited the debate about the Loch Ness Monster. The photo was reportedly taken by Steve Challice, from Southampton, England. Steve said he filmed the sight of a ripple in the water while he was on vacation in Loch Ness last September.
“I’m not an expert on this, personally, I think what I’ve got is more like a big fish,” Steve said. The creature’s only surface is at least 8 feet long, and because the lake is a little dark, it doesn’t see the part of the water clearly. “
With the exposure of this photo, many people questioned its authenticity. Some people think it’s a catfish (red-tailed 鲿), because the creature’s back in the photo is very similar to catfish, and some even say that the creature in this photo is actually a 2018 catfish captured in Italy.
For years, rumours of a “Loch Ness Monster” have been swirling, with almost every year “witnessing” water monsters, but it seems more like a gimmick made by locals. A study conducted in 2018 showed that the topic of the Loch Ness Monster could bring scotland an economic value of up to 41 million pounds a year.
Last year, a team at the University of Otago took 250 water samples from different depths of Loch Ness for DNA testing in the hope of explaining the identity of the water monster. But the final structure suggests that Loch Ness has a large amount of eel DNA, as well as a large number of eels in the local ecosystem. As a result, the researchers believe that the “water monster” people see are more likely to be large eels.