No monsters, just stuff, in Loch Ness

Technology is good for many things, spending much of its time making our lives easier. It is also very efficient at debunking myths, spoiling a good yarn and generally not having a sense of humour.

The latest culprit is the Munin, developed by Kongsberg, which recently performed some sterling work in proving that what lies beneath Loch Ness is pretty normal, being filled with the usual flotsam and jetsam associated with any large body of water (crashed planes, sunken ships, and ok, apparently a large film prop of Nessie the monster).


Its been cleverly named too, being one half of a pair of ravens (the other being Hugin, a name also used by Kongsberg for another of its AUVs) who flew hither and thither bringing information to Odin, according to Norse mythology.

Transpose that scenario into today, and what role does Kongsberg play?

VisitScotland, who supported the project by Kongsberg Maritime, rather inelegantly described Munin as a ‘state-of-the-art-marine-robot’ (we know it as an AUV) but were full of beans in revealing the findings in a recent press release.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive, said: ‘We are excited about the findings from this in-depth survey by Kongsberg, but no matter how state-of-the-art the equipment is, and no matter what it reveals, there will always be a sense of mystery and the unknown around what really lies beneath Loch Ness.’

Well no, not anymore. Thanks to Munin.


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