Kiwi dives into new hunt for Loch Ness monster

The 500-year-old mystery of the Loch Ness Monster could be solved by a Kiwi living in New Zealand's Edinburgh of the South.

Otago University Professor Neil Gemmell plans to use DNA to try and solve the myth once and for all.

"I like the idea that there might be something there that we don't know. And I'd be keen to see if we can explore it further to put this to bed once and for all," he said.

Sightings of the mythical creature named "Nessie" first began in the 1930s, with many believing they've seen the small town's most famous resident.

Now Prof Gemmell has a simple plan - to test a few litres of the Loch's water searching for any "unusual" traces of DNA.

"What we'll be looking for is any DNA samples that look unusual to loch ness or unique to Loch Ness versus other Lochs," he said.

Thousands flock to the small Scottish township each year hunting for the enormous creature.

And the legend that captivates so many people is likely to live on forever.

"I've got to say, I suspect if I find no evidence of the monster that won't stop people seeing it and it won't stop people believing in it," Prof Gemmell said.

He says DNA belonging to a large cat fish, up to four metres in length, could unlock the mystery.

"That might explain more of the common sightings in Loch Ness and that may explain many of the more common sightings that have been reported."