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Does this picture prove the Loch Ness Monster is real?

A marine drone on the lookout for the legendary Loch Ness Monster has made a major discovery — the creature itself!

Well, close enough.

Researchers from Norway's Kongsberg Maritime recently found a Nessie; it's just not the Nessie.

The monster shape seen on sonar imaging is actually believed to be a movie prop from "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" that sank to the bottom of the famous body of water in 1969.

Kongsberg Maritime
Model of Nessi used during filming of 1970s movie "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" found.

"We have found a monster, but not the one many people might have expected," Loch Ness Project researcher Adrian Shine told BBC News Scotland.

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According to Shine, the film's director, Billy Wilder, didn't like the humps on the prop-monster's back and ordered them removed even though doing so was likely to "affect its buoyancy."

And it did just that.

But don't expect this false find to deter those on the hunt for sea beast, like Shine himself. After all, he's been looking for any sign of science behind the legend for a long time.

“The issue boils down to the fact that you’ve got over a thousand written accounts, of people just like you and me, people we trust in our everyday lives, who insist they’ve seen strange creatures in Loch Ness. Even against ridicule, they’ll say that,” he told TODAY's Matt Lauer back in 2007. “But science doesn’t clinch it, and science is my way.”

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