Discovery-owned Travel Channel has set a premiere date for its two-hour documentary Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence, which seeks to unravel the centuries-old mystery of the mythical monster.
The special watches Neil Gemmell (pictured) of the New Zealand-based University of Otago collect environmental DNA samples from the waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness.
In the “high-tech monster hunt,” Gemmell carries out experiments, talks to eyewitnesses and investigates the history of the Loch Ness monster — also known as Nessie — that has long fascinated the scientific community.
Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence presents video footage provided by eyewitnesses and spotlights the multiple expeditions of naturalist Adrian Shine, leader of the Loch Ness and Morar Project. Shine, whose archival footage survives to this day, provides historical context for Nessie research and joins Gemmell to collect eDNA samples.
Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman is also featured in the film, casting doubt that the world famous Surgeon’s Photo, which depicts a creature coming out of the Loch, was a hoax.
“Our cameras have been behind the scenes capturing all of the drama and finally revealing that several leading theories can be scientifically dismissed. Now, the most thorough eDNA study of the loch in history will have its day in the spotlight,” Matthew Butler, Travel Channel general manager said in a statement.
Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence is produced by Los Angeles-based 1895 Films. Tom Jennings is executive producer for 1895 Films, and Vaibhav Bhat is executive producer for Travel Channel.
Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence debuts in the U.S. Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the American pay-TV channel, and in the U.K. Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. on Discovery Channel.