We Found Nessie? Sorry, Just a Movie Prop

No, that's just a statue of Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, but we had you for a minute there!. (Photo: StaraBlazkova at Czech Wikipedia/via Wikimedia Commons)

Researchers studying the depths of Scotland's famed Loch Ness have announced the discovery of a wooden monster.

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

The 30-foot-long anomaly was detected as part of a scientific survey of the loch's depths by VisitScotland and Shine's Loch Ness Project. Formed in the shape of the legendary monster, the object is actually a model prop of Nessie built for the 1969 film "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes." The model sank during production after the director, unsatisfied with the look of the monster, asked for a critical change.

"The director did not want the humps and asked that they be removed, despite warnings I suspect from the rest of the production that this would affect its buoyancy," added Shine.

Loch Ness claimed the humpless model shortly after, hiding its resting place under 540 feet of water for almost 50 years.

The underwater robot, provided by Kongsberg Maritime, was searching for the location of "Nessie's Lair," a previously unknown abyss a tour boat operator claimed to have discovered in January.

"I found this dark shape about half way between the Clansman Hotel and Drumnadrochit, which transpired to be a crevice or trench," Keith Stewart told The Telegraph. "I measured it with our state of the art 3-D equipment at 889 feet. I have gone back several times over the abyss and I have verified my measurements."

Speculation was rife that this crack in the loch's floor might be big enough to be the hiding place of the real Loch Ness Monster. Unfortunately, while the film prop and a shipwreck were revealed, the location of the abyss was never discovered.

“Nessie’s Lair didn’t exist,” Shine told the New York Times. “The Loch Ness Monster, kind of, did.”