Loch Ness Monster – level 3

06-12-2021 15:00

For centuries, the legend of a prehistoric monster living in Loch Ness, which is a lake in Scotland, has captured people’s imagination.

Supposed sightings of the creature called Nessie increased over the past century with the invention of photography, and many tourists are attracted to the shores every year by the prospect of an encounter.

Now, scientists are hoping to settle the question of Nessie’s existence by analysing 300 water samples. Professor Neil Gemmell from Ottago University explained that people are going to take water samples from the lake, filter the water to extract organic material in it, and use the material to extract DNA. They will then compare the DNA sequences with other things in databases around the world.

Difficult words: prehistoric (before modern time), supposed (said to be true), sighting (seeing something special), creature (animal), prospect (possibility), encounter (meeting, seeing something special), DNA sequence (the exact order of the information that DNA gives about a living thing).

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