Professor Neil Gemmell has travelled from his NZ home to Scotland in hopes of settling the question once and for all: is the Loch Ness monster real?
The geneticist plans to trawl the loch for DNA, which could come from bodily sources such as excrement, urine, dandruff or other skin cells, to test the idea that a shy monster lurks beneath the deep.
Professor Neil Gemmell of Otago University has set out to find Nessie. Source: Supplied
"You don't believe in Nessie as such, but is there a little bit of you – my inner child – hoping that you might find evidence," Professor Gemmell told Newshub.
"Of course, we're always excited about the prospect of discovering something new, I suspect there are new things to be found."
"People have written in with some quite outlandish theories – my favourite at the moment is that the Loch Ness Monster is camels in wetsuits," Professor Gemmell said.
Is Nessie really out there? Source: Getty
The Loch Ness monster is perhaps one of the greatest conspiracies of all time – over the years, there have been numerous 'sightings' of the infamous creature from the deep.
A bizarre skeleton that washed up on the shores at Loch Ness last year had some people (or at least those on social media) speculating that Nessie might be dead.
A dog walker stumbled across the sight and the remains can now be seen surrounded by police tape.
However, many were suspicious of the grisly-looking object.
Lisa Fitchett took to social media saying: “It looks like a bunch of ribs and white puddings.”
And Stephen Welford added: “That is a giraffe body.”
Eventually the mystery was solved, with Help2Rehome Scotland announcing it was actually set out for a new TV show.