London - To all those tourists hoping to spot the Loch Ness Monster, a few words of warning: Be careful what you wish for.
For if Nessie were to show up, she is likely to be a formidable 14ft long and equipped with hundreds of fearsome teeth.
A 170 million-year-old fossil of such a creature has been extracted from a lump of rock and identified as an ichthyosaur, a group of reptiles nicknamed “sea dragons”.
The monster was found on the Isle of Skye in 1966 by a local power station manager, Norrie Gillies, but technology did not exist at the time to remove it from the rock.
The ‘Storr Lochs Monster’ – named after the area of Skye where it was found – was preserved in National Museums Scotland’s storage facility.