Sat, 02 Feb 2013 12:40 CST
Scientists making the dive into one of the coldest lakes on the planet have made a discovery that some believe proves the existence of Russia's own "Loch Ness Monster".
Russian researchers have officially reached the bottom of Labynkyr, the first time the feat has ever been achieved, seeing as how the lake's location, the Siberian village of Oymyakon in Yakutia, is home to one of the three lowest air temperatures on Earth.
Leading the history-making Russian Geographical Society dive team is Dmitry Shilley, who told reporters that the research was as much about adventure as it was about science.
"By now almost all the land on earth has been studied, but terra firma is only 30% of the planet", he said. "I'm sure there are a lot of secrets under water, so that's where all of the science will go in the near future".
Not only has Guiness World Records taken note of the dive, but so too have cryptozoologists, who have watched the mysterious lake closely since the 50′s, when the head of the USSR's Acadamy of Science Siberian geological unit Viktor Tverdokhlebov unwittingly created the legend of the Labynkyr Devil, a monster the Russians have long considered their own Loch Ness Monster.