An underwater drone has found the Loch Ness Monster but not the one many people are hoping for.
The fabled Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie in Scotland, has been the focus of searches for decades but all efforts have failed. However, an autonomous underwater vehicle has found a 30-foot model of the Loch Ness Monster in the freshwater Scottish lake.
The model appeared in the 1970 movie The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes but it sank in the loch. Munin, the underwater drone operated by Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime, has scanned the depths of the lake and captured images of the lost Nessie model.
Adrian Shine, a Loch Ness expert, says that the measurements, location and shape of the model matches that of the movie prop.
“We have found a monster, but not the one many people might have expected. The model was built with a neck and two humps and taken alongside a pier for filming of portions of the film in 1969,” says Shine. “The director did not want the humps and asked that they be removed, despite warnings I suspect from the rest of the production that this would affect its buoyancy. And the inevitable happened. The model sank.”