Edinburgh - A high-tech marine drone scouring the depths of Scotland's Loch Ness for one of nature's most elusive beasts has found a “monster” - but not the one it was looking for.
Rather than the fabled Loch Ness Monster itself, the probe has discovered a 30-foot (9 metre) replica used in the 1970 film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes,” which sank nearly 50 years ago after its buoyant humps were removed.
Undeterred, the enthusiastic monster-hunters steering the drone are continuing their two-week search for any evidence that might prove the existence of “Nessie”.
The survey by Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime has been the most detailed to date of the Loch's icy depths.
The Munin drone is capable of mapping vast areas down to 1 500 ft (457m) and is often used to locate downed aircraft.