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Robot finds ‘monster’ in Loch Ness…but it’s a movie prop

/ 08:44 PM April 14, 2016
This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland. An underwater robot exploring Loch Ness has discovered a dark, monster-shaped mass in its depths. Disappointingly, tourism officials say Thursday April 14, 2016 the 30-foot (9 meter), object is not the fabled Loch Ness Monster, but a prop left over from a 1970 film.  (AP Photo, 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. AP file

LONDON — An underwater robot exploring Loch Ness has discovered a dark, monster-shaped mass in its depths.

Disappointingly, tourism officials say the 30-foot (9-meter), object is not the fabled Loch Ness Monster, but a prop left over from a 1970 film.

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Billy Wilder’s “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes” puts the great detective on the trail of the monster — which turns out to be a disguised submarine. A model of the submarine-monster sank during production to the bottom of the 750 foot-deep (230 meter-deep) lake.

Tourism body Visit Scotland is backing a survey of the Highlands lake by a marine robot. Chief executive Malcolm Roughead said that whatever the survey found, “there will always be a sense of mystery and the unknown around what really lies beneath Loch Ness.” TVJ

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