A Travel Channel Special About the Loch Ness Monster Will Reveal New Evidence

Tales of a monster lurking beneath the waves of Loch Ness have terrified people in the Scottish Highlands for centuries. Now, Dr. Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand, uses a cutting-edge scientific technique called environmental DNA (eDNA) to unravel this centuries-old mystery. Travel Channel has the exclusive first look at Gemmell’s high-tech monster hunt, as he carries out experiments, talks to eyewitnesses and investigates the incredible history of the Loch Ness monster.

September 05, 2019

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One of the world’s greatest mysteries revolves around Scotland’s Loch Ness and its alleged resident monster, Nessie. The legend of a mysterious beast beneath the waves has been around for centuries and many people have put forth potential explanations. However, if you think everything that could be said about the Loch Ness Monster has already been said, then we have news for you. Travel Channel is excited to announce the global premiere of Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence! On Sunday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the two-hour special will follow Dr. Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand as he uses a cutting-edge scientific technique called environmental DNA (eDNA) to unravel this centuries-old mystery.

Portrait of professor Neil Gemmell beside Loch Ness, as seen on Beneath The Waves: Solving The Mystery of Loch Ness. (portrait)

Photo by: Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

So, what exactly is eDNA? Gemmell and his team collected water samples from all over the loch, which were filtered for DNA fragments. With the DNA results at his fingertips, Gemmell puts leading theories to the ultimate scientific test. Is Nessie a giant sturgeon or catfish as many contend? Could it be a new, undiscovered species of large eel? Is it a lost relic of the dinosaur era that captured the world’s imagination in the infamous, black and white “Surgeon’s Photo,” taken in 1934? Gemmell’s stunning evidence is sure to launch a new chapter in the search for the Loch Ness monster.

This morning, Dr. Gemmell and his team announced the results of their astonishing study. But for an exclusive first look at Gemmell’s high-tech monster hunt, you’ll have to tune in to Travel Channel! Not only that, but the special explores over-the-top hoaxes that fooled the world and for the first time, casts doubt on the claim that the world-famous Surgeon’s Photo was a hoax. There is new, compelling information, presented by world-famous cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, suggesting the claim theSurgeon’s Photo is a hoax was itself a complete con – and an act of revenge contrived by the family of a dishonored Nessie Hunter. The film also presents new video evidence provided by eyewitnesses who spotted something inexplicable in the water. The one-of-a-kind location is the ideal backdrop to look back on the science of what has been discovered over time and the incredible cast of local characters who will go to the grave claiming they’ve seen a great beast.

Tune in to Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence on September 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT in the US and at 7 p.m. on the Discovery Channel in the UK.

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