An underwater drone is searching for the Loch Ness monster

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Robot Finds No 'Nessie Lair'



LONDON — An autonomous underwater vehicle is being used as part of the most technologically advanced study of Loch Ness, the freshwater lake in Scotland synonymous with the monster of the same name.

The robot or underwater drone is part of "Operation Groundtruth," which is using sonar imaging to map the depths of the lake, which has steep slopes that have been difficult to study in the past.

So far, the study, supported by Scotland's national tourism body, has debunked the existence of a so-called unexplored crevice or trench on the floor of the lake, which Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts had dubbed "Nessie's lair."

"Sadly the trench is not there," leader of the Loch Ness Project, Adrian Shine, told Sky News. "So the Nessie's lair... does not exist."

However, the team has made one discovery — a 30 foot model of the monster, built for the 1970 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

Image: AP

The film prop was built with a neck and two humps, however, director Billy Wilder didn't want the humps and asked for their removal. That decision affected the prop's buoyancy and the Nessie model sank, according to BBC News.

The survey, being operated by Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime, is taking place over two weeks.

"We are excited to see the findings from this in-depth survey by Kongsberg, but no matter how state-of-the-art the equipment is, and no matter what it may reveal, there will always be a sense of mystery and the unknown around what really lies beneath Loch Ness," says VisitScotland's Chief Executive Malcom Roughead.

Earlier this year, a local boat captain claimed he captured a sonar image of what appeared to be a long object with a hump lying on the floor of the lake.

The myth lives on and the tourists keep visiting.

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FILE -This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland. What lurks beneath the dark waters of Scotland's Loch Ness? New documents show that as late as the 1930s, police in Scotland thought some sort of creature inhabited the Highlands lake. Police were so sure of its existence that they worried about how to protect it from hunters. Files released Tuesday April 27, 2010 from the National Archive of Scotland show that local officials asked Britain's Parliament to investigate the issue and confirm the monster's existence - in the interests of science. Lawmakers were skeptical. (AP Photo, File)
A model monster replica of the legendary sea serpent of Loch Ness, "Nessie," provides a photo op for visitors in Drumnadrochit, Scotland in this June 2006 photo. (AP Photo/Norm Goldstein)
FILE-The undated file photo shows Scotland's 23-mile long Loch Ness, home of the elusive monster, Nessie. In foreground is Urquhart Castle. The Grand Canyon, Loch Ness and Niagara Falls are among over 200 natural sites competing to become the New 7 Wonders of Nature in a global poll that is expected to draw around a billion voters, organizers said Wednesday. The 261 nominees from 222 countries around the world include some of the most famous mountain peaks, lakes, national parks or reefs, such as Mount Everest or the Great Barrier Reef. (AP Photo/File)
Urquhart Castle is seen on the edge of Loch Ness in Scotland, Britain April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Lloyd Scott, 41, poses for photographs wearing an antique deep sea diving suit in Loch Ness, in Scotland, ahead of his underwater marathon world record attempt to raise money for children with Leukaemia, September 28, 2003. Scott, a former leukaemia sufferer, who also completed the 2002 London Marathon in a diving suit, begins the attempt on Sunday and will take 14 days to complete his 26-mile underwater trek where he will be 30 feet (9.14 metres) below the surface of the loch, the home of the mythical Loch Ness Monster. Pictures of the month September 2003 REUTERS/Christopher Furlong Pictures of the Year 2003 BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE CF/MD
INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: A general view over Loch Ness on June 26, 2015 in the Highlands, Scotland. A major six month long study is currently taking place, the 'National Golden Eagle Survey', which is the first of its kind in 12 years. The survey is co-funded by the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage. Surveyors from the RSPB working in collaboration with the Scottish Raptor Study Groups aim to provide a picture of the populations of breeding pairs of eagles across the country to determine whether conservation efforts are working. GPS tags are used to monitor the birds, and act as a deterrent against wildlife crime, which continues to be a major risk. 17 Golden Eagles were confirmed illegally killed in Scotland between 2003 and 2013 but the true figure is likely to be many more. The count will update the previous figure of some 440 breeding pairs of Golden Eagles in Scotland with only one adult male bird South of the border in the Lake District. Golden Eagles were once common across Britain, but due to persecution were only found in Scotland by the mid-19th century. Numbers have increased steadily since then but Golden Eagles still face pressures from poorly sited windfarms, large scale planting of conifers like Sitka spruce and, particularly, illegal killing. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16: A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16: A view towards the new bridge, from The Old Thomas Telford Bridge, Invermoriston on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: Ruins of Urquhart castle (13th-16th century), Loch Ness, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
INVERNESS, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 09: Music fans attend day 2 of the Rockness festival at Clune Farm, Loch Ness on June 9, 2013 in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Redferns via Getty Images)
The remains of Urquhart castle on Loch Ness. (Photo by: Loop Images/UIG via Getty Images)
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