LOCH NESS, Scotland, April 14 (UPI) — Sonar images from Scotland’s Loch Ness uncovered the remains of a model designed after the lake’s notorious monster.
According to a press release, a mission led by offshore oil company Kongsberg Maritime and supported by The Loch Ness Project and VisitScotland revealed the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster model used in the 1970 film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.”
“Although it is the shape of Nessie – it is not the remains of the monster that has mystified the world for 80 years,” VisitScotland stated. “It is thought the model sank after its humps were removed (the buoyancy was in the humps) never to be seen again – until now.”
The data was collected by the Munin marine robot which uses state-of-the-art sonars to map areas almost 5,000 feet deep.
“Because Munin can dive and navigate itself safely at great depth, it can approach features of interest and image them at extremely high resolution,” Adrian Shine, Leader of the Loch Ness Project, said. “We already have superb images of the hitherto difficult side wall topography and look forward to discovering artifacts symbolic of the human history of the area.”
The expedition also uncovered a 27-foot shipwreck at the bottom of the Loch, and found that an underwater abyss known as the ‘Nessie trench’ in the northern basin of the Loch did not exist.