Underwater drones enter the search for the Loch Ness Monster

The drones can explore new areas of the lake

Drones are being tested in many different scenarios. Earlier this week it was announced that they will be used alongside emergency first responders in Donegal, and it seems like they are being kept busy in Scotland too. 

"Operation Groundtruth" is the codename for the most technologically advanced study of Loch Ness, the Scottish lake, thought to home the monster of the same name. An underwater drone is using sonar imaging to map the areas of the lake which have been too difficult to study in the past. 

Adrian Shine, leader of the Loch Ness Project, told Sky News today that the mythical "Nessie's Lair" does not exist. It was thought there was a hidden crevice of the lake in which the Monster lived.

"Sadly the trench is not there. So the Nessie's lair... does not exist."

The search wasn't entirely uneventful, however. The team discovered a 30 foot model of the Loch Ness Monster which had been built for the 1970 film "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes". The prop consisted of a neck and two humps. The model came to be at the bottom of the lake due to poor buoyancy. 

The search for Nessie continues.