Loch Ness monster has been found, but it’s not what people thought it would be from the mysterious Scottish lake. A robot that was scanning the water and looking for the long sought after creature just found a model of it, sunk at the bottom of the lake.
It turned out to be a Loch Ness 30-foot long model that is thought to have put there when it was disposed of after the film The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes, directed by Billy Wilder, was finished, according to Discovery Communications. When the film completed shooting, the team took parts off the model including its humps and sunk it to the bottom of the lake to get rid of it.
A spokesman for VisitScotland, which is supporting the Loch Ness project, said: “Operation Groundtruth has uncovered a recognizable creature. Although it is the shape of the Loch Ness monster, it is not the remains of the monster that has mystified the world for 80 years, but a star of the silver screen.”
The monster discovery partly reflects the plot of the original film, which starred Christopher Lee and included a monster that turned out to be a hidden naval submarine.
The model of the Loch Ness monster was found on the loch bed during a pioneering survey of the huge stretch of water - which some had hoped would find the real creature.
But the survey appears just to have dampened those hopes that a monster would be found. It has revealed that the “Nessie trench” that believers had argued existed at the northern basin of the loch - and could be hiding the monster - doesn’t actually exist.
The survey is being conducted by a robot called Munin, which is able to swim around and explore parts of the bed that have never been looked at before.
The sunken Loch Ness monster star joins a huge set of discoveries already found at the bottom of Loch Ness. They’ve also included a crashed Second World War bomber and parts of John Cobb’s speed record attempt craft Crusader, which crashed at more than 200mph in 1952.
The survey - the first of its kind in Scotland - is being carried out over two weeks by Kongsberg Maritime and supported by the LochNess Project and VisitScotland.
Loch Ness has been notoriously difficult to survey in the past due to its depth and steeply sloping side walls.
Munin can map vast areas to depths of 4,921ft and has been used in the past to search for downed aircraft and sunken vessels.
Loch Ness project leader Adrian Shine said: “Because Munin can dive and navigate itself safely at great depth, it can approach features of interest and image them at extremely high resolution.
“We already have superb images of the hitherto difficult side wall topography and look forward to discovering artifacts symbolic of the human history of the area.”
Despite no conclusive evidence of the famed monster, the mystery and interest surrounding Nessie is worth an estimated £60 million to the Scottish economy, with hundreds of thousands of visitors traveling to Loch Ness every year in the hope of catching a glimpse.
VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said: “We are excited to see 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.”