Using a state-of-the-art intelligent marine robot, researchers discovered the outline of what resembles the fabled Loch Ness Monster at the bottom of the famous loch in Scotland.
The Kongsberg Maritime mission called “Operation Groundtruth,” supported by The Loch Ness Project and VisitScotland, did, indeed, uncover a recognizable sea creature lying on the lake bottom at 590 feet, but it wasn't the real monster.
Instead, it was determined to be the 30-foot model of Nessie from the 1970 film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Robert Stephens and Christopher Lee, according to the BBC, UPI and Discovery News.
“It is thought the model sank after its humps were removed (the buoyancy was in the humps) never to be seen again – until now,” Visit Scotland wrote in a press release. “The monster was actually a submarine in the original movie.”
The Munin marine robot, using sonar imaging that can map areas nearly 5,000 feet deep, disproved claims made in January of a so-called Nessie trench in the northern basin of the loch. The robot revealed that there is no anomaly or abyss in that specified location.
The two-week mission also found the remains of a 27-foot-long shipwreck at the bottom. The team is seeking more details about the origins of the boat.
Over the years, researchers have found a crashed Wellington bomber from World War II, a 100-year-old Zulu class fishing vessel, and parts of John Cobb's speed-record-attempt craft Crusader, which crashed in 1952 going 200 mph. But they have yet to find the Loch Ness Monster, first allegedly spotted in 1933, as detailed by The New York Times.
“We are excited about the findings from this in-depth survey by Kongsberg, but no matter how state-of-the-art the equipment is, and no matter what it reveals, there will always be a sense of mystery and the unknown around what really lies beneath Loch Ness,” said Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland.
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