Scientists have had a tough luck taking a shot at solving one of the Scotland’s long-standing myths – the Loch Ness Monster. But researchers from University of Otago have brainstormed one plausible theory that will offer explanation for over 1000 reported sightings of the mythical monster, including 14 from 2019.

The results of the findings, to be announced next Thursday at an event in Drumnadrochit, come following the team’s assessment on environmental DNA from 250 water samples collected at various depths throughout Loch Ness last year.

Loch Ness, Scotland
Loch Ness, Scotland

As yet, the team have extracted and sequenced about 500 million DNA profiles, which are being analyzed against existing databases in bid to catalog current lives – including fish, insects, plants and mammals  – within the loch.

From all those sightings, only four theories explain about what has been seen, the team says – but their study essentially rebuffs most of those, however, “one theory remains plausible.”