The ‘eel hypothesis’ proposes that the anthrozoological phenomenon at Loch Ness in Scotland can be explained in part by observations of large-bodied specimens of European eel (Anguilla anguilla), as these creatures are most compatible with morphological, behavioral, and environmental considerations. In a new study, Folk Zoology Society researcher Floe Foxon analyzed data on the distribution of European eel masses in Loch Ness to estimate the probability of finding an eel of extraordinary size there. She found that giant European eels could not account for sightings of larger animals in the loch.

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