Drone hunt for Loch Ness Monster finds its film double

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:25 PM

Rather than the fabled Loch Ness Monster itself, the probe has discovered a 30-foot (nine meter) replica used in the one thousand nine hundred seventy film "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes," which sank nearly fifty years ago after its buoyant humps were removed.

A high-tech marine drone scouring the depths of Scotland'south Loch Ness for one of nature'south most elusive beasts has found a "monster" - but not the one it was looking for.

Rather than the fabled Loch Ness Monster itself, the probe has discovered a 30-foot (nine meter) replica used in the one thousand nine hundred seventy film "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes," which sank nearly fifty years ago after its buoyant humps were removed.

Undeterred, the enthusiastic monster-hunters steering the drone are continuing their two-week look for for any proof that might prove the existence of "Nessie".

The survey by Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime has been the most detailed to date of the Loch'south icy depths.

The Munin drone is capable of mapping vast areas down to 1.500 feet and is frequently used to dispose downed aircraft.

"The vehicle allows sonars to scanning just a few meters from the loch floor, giving resolution several orders of size greater than anything before," said Kongsberg Maritime engineer Craig Wallace.

Along with the film replica, it's also found a 27-foot shipwreck as it maps the Loch floor.

Distant from being disappointed by the findings, Steve Feltham who's been hunting Nessie for twenty-five years, says the maps will assistance him in his quest.

"I think the findings are fantastic," he said. "We presently have a more detailed map of the rock bottom than ever before, which will indicate us the location of every lump and bump.

"We can send back cameras to see at anything of interest which could turn out to be the carcass of the animal," he added. "It'south shown there'south a hell of a lot more to investigate."

The first written record of a monster relates to the Irish monk St Columba, who's said to have banished a "water beast" to the depths of the River Ness in the sixth century.

The most well-known picture of Nessie, known as the "surgeon'south photo", was taken in one thousand nine hundred thirty-fourth and showed a head on a long neck emerging from the water.

It was revealed sixty years later to have been a hoax that used a sea monster model attached to a toy submarine.

Countless unsuccessful attempts to track down the monster have been made in the years since, notably in two thousand-third when the BBC funded an extensive scientific look for that used six hundred sonar beams and satellite tracking to sweep the full length of the loch.

It concluded there was probably nothing there.

(Reporting by Bethany Rielly; editing by Stephen Addison)

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