[UPDATE on 24 Aug: It’s a shark!]
GrindTV reports that the identity of the mysterious skeleton that was found swept ashore in Spain has emerged — it’s a shark.
This according to three shark experts, and contrary to guesses by some that it was an oarfish, among other crazy guesses that included the Loch Ness monster and a sea dragon.
"That is definitely a shark skeleton,” said Florida State University ichthyologist Dean Grubbs, who is an expert on the biology of fish species, especially sharks.
He told NBC News, “The elements toward the back were confusing me, but those are the lower caudal fin supports. The ‘horns’ are the scapulocoracoids, which support the pectoral fins.”
Dr. Chris Lowe of the Cal State Long Beach Sharklab concurs with Grubbs’ assessment, telling GrindTV Outdoor, “I tend to agree with Dean on this one. The lower elements do look like elasmobranch [shark] vertebrae. Probably some type of shark.”
Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research George Burgess, agreed with Grubbs, too, saying, “It’s a shark skeleton, species unknown without better study.”
So there it is, folks — a shark.
Mysterious ‘horned’ sea monster washes ashore in Spain
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Is it a Loch Ness? A water dinosaur? Or a sea dragon?
These are some of the guesses made by people when Spain found a mysterious ‘horned’ fish decomposing at a beach.
GrindTV reported that the beheaded carcass was about four metres long, and it was initially spotted by a woman, who had found the head first.
Spanish authorities had no idea what the stinking fish was.
A marine life spokesperson said that it is possible to identify the species by studying its bones, which have fallen out of place. He also suggested performing a “genetic analysis”, however, that comes with an unaffordable price tag.
The spokesperson added that they have forwarded information on the species to more experienced colleagues and hope that they will provide more specific insight into the mysterious animal.