A Swedish explorer who specializes in hunting unusual species has invented a special trap for the Loch Ness monster. Jan Sundberg and his Global Underwater Research Team (GUST) plan to use multi-beam sonar equipment and an acoustic underwater camera to create a 3-D image of the loch’s depths. Their Nessie trap is 23 feet long and over 16 feet in circumference.

“The sonar has previously only been used in the sea by scientists mapping the ocean and looking for volcanoes and earthquake sites,” says Sundberg. “This is the first time it will have been used in freshwater. If there is a family of monsters or animals down there this sonar will find them.”

Still, the odds of trapping the creature are small. As Sundberg says, “It’s a big lake and a small trap.” If they do find something, they will have DNA testing done on samples of its flesh at a British university and release the creature back into the loch.

“No harm will be done, you will still have it. We will not take it back to Sweden, even though we would like to.”

Loch Ness has been closed to researchers until recently due to restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease. Scottish National Heritage has drawn up a voluntary code to prevent environmental damage caused by monster hunters. They have asked Sundberg to make hisNessie trap big enough to allow seals and otters to escape.

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