A team of ichthyologists from Florida State University suggests that the washed ashore strange sea creature in Spain belongs to the shark family.
They claim that the remains of a mysterious, bizarre sea animal found on a Spanish beach look like a type of shark (elasmobranch).
“That is definitely a shark skeleton,” one of the team ichthyologists Dean Grubbs from Florida State University stated.
“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,” he explained.
Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research George Burgess also agreed with Grubbs while adding that “It is a shark skeleton, species unknown without better study.”
The horned four-meter-long creature was discovered on Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos in Spain last week.
Experts and residents offered different suggestions to determine what the remains are. They say the animal may be from a relative of the Loch Ness Monster, a dinosaur, or an oarfish.
The recently found creature is not the first mystery remains to lead to speculation of a sea monster.
In 2003, the strange 12-meter and 13-tonne ‘Chilean blob’ astonished the world when it was discovered on Los Muermos beach in Mexico. The monster was later determined to be the remains of a sperm whale.
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