1934 photo supposedly of the Loch Ness Monster, that later was proved that it is a hoax. (Credit: Getty)
Scottish officials have a plan ready if the Loch Ness Monster is ever captured.
The officials drafted a set of guidelines for the protection of the new species, including the release of the back in her watery home.
The “partly serious, partly fun’ code of practice was written in 2001 by Scottish Natural Heritage, funded by the Scottish government.
SNH said the “substance” of the plan and put it into action and the legendary beast to be discovered, reports the BBC.
It says civil servants must have a DNA sample of the sample so scientists can study the creature.
Then he should be released into the Loch, with measures that ensure that he not be disturbed – such as it would be an extremely rare species need conservation.
SNH, which promotes the Scottish wildlife and natural habitats, said the 17-year-old code of practice remained relevant today.
The organization Nick Halfhide said: “There was a lot of activity on the loch at the time about Nessie.
“So, partly serious and partly for a bit of fun, we drew up a contingency plan about how we would help Nessie if and when she was found.
“One of the lessons that we have learned, then it is relevant when, again, we have species such as sea eagles, and were used as a few years ago, four new species were found in the sea off the west coast.”
He added the plan should be updated when Nessie was discovered, and the local communities and the companies on the shores of Loch Ness would be consulted.
The discovery could lead to an explosive growth in tourism to the Loch, which already attracts 400,000 visitors per year from around the world because of the legend.
Stories of a monster almost 1,500 years, to when the Irish missionary St. Columba is said to have encountered a beast in the River Ness in 565AD.
More recently there have been numerous sightings and photos – some of which turned out to be bogus, but others remain in the dark.
The nature of the appearance was described as resembling a plesiosaur, an ancient sea monster that died out with the dinosaurs.
Earlier this year, an international team of scientists collected environmental DNA of Loch Ness for analysis.
The study will aim to confirm which species live there – including any unknown animals that may be lurking in the 754ft depths.
Last month First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted the Loch Ness Monster exists, in an interview with ITV’s good Morning Britain.
Over the years different efforts have tried and failed to find the beast.
In 1987, there is a £1 million ($1.3 million) exploration called Operation Deepscan used a fleet of 24 boats, which used sonar equipment to trawled 23 km long lake.
Nessie must be blocked as the team came back with nothing.
Steve Feltham has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continuous Nessie-hunting vigil after the move to Loch Ness from Dorset 27 years ago.
He has not seen it yet, but there are ten reported sighting a year on average.
In November, nine-year-old Sam Knight believed he smote the monster’s fin breaking the surface during a cruise with mother Jo.
And last June Australian tourists Peter Jackson and Phillippa Wearne caught a serpentine object in the camera during the drive along the coast.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.