06/07/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin
For several months rumors have been swirling around Loch Ness about a 4-inch barbed tooth, possibly belonging to a giant mutation of an eel species that inhabits the waterway, found in the mutilated carcass of a half-eaten deer back in March by two American college students.
Now, several boat operators have come forward to speak with Nessie Investigator William McDonald, confirming the area where the deer was located is known to locals as a "kill-zone."
"Fisherman know the spot," says McDonald, who has been traveling back and forth to Loch Ness since 1993. "The area's located on the eastern shoreline, along the southern tip, just north of Ft. Augustus. Your fish finder will jump when you pass the spot.
They call it a "kill zone" because it's also frequented by the Loch's biggest predator, which will hunt along that shoreline in winter, looking for deer and otters and occasionally a stray dog. I've now spoken with two local fishermen and a tour boat operator who verify the remains of that mutilated deer can still be seen along the shoreline near a small waterfall. The spot is inaccessible by foot."
As far as the species, McDonald confirms the creature is part of the eel family, either a mutation or a new species altogether. "It's the reason we must get that tooth back from the Highland Authorities. It's the only way to prove my theories and resolve the mystery, once and for all."
McDonald last returned to Loch Ness in late December on an expedition funded by American author Steve Alten, whose latest release, The LOCH is a fictional account of the hunt for the monster, woven around McDonald's latest research. "Alten got the science right, but truth is still stranger and more exciting to me than any fiction. I'm hoping to meet with the Highland Authorities very soon."
Photos and video footage of the March incident can be found at www.LochNessTooth.com
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