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13th Apr 2016

An underwater robot has found the Loch Ness monster…kind of

Things just got Nessie

Matt Tate

Considering how long the Loch Ness monster has managed to stay central to Scottish folklore, it almost deserves to actually exist.

We’ll be waiting a long time for a definitive answer on that one, but there has been a major Nessie-themed discovery in the Highlands this week.

An underwater robot has managed to find a 30ft (9m) model of the mysterious monster that was initially intended to be used as a prop in the 1960s movie, The Private Life of Sherlock Homes, which starred Sir Christopher Lee.

The massive structure sank in 1969, after filmmakers ignored warnings that alterations to its humps would affect buoyancy.

The film’s director had a new prop assembled and the humpless one had remained untouched in the depths of Loch Ness, until Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime’s robot picked up its signal.

Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine told the BBC: “We have found a monster, but not the one many people might have expected.”

We can imagine he had to say that through gritted teeth. One day, Adrian. One day.