The remains of a giant mystical sea creature have washed up on a beach in Spain.
The four-meter-long-creature was found complete with horns and a long slippery carcass decomposing on Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain. Its mythical appearance has left locals wondering if they have glimpsed a sea monster from the deep – but it’s stench rendered the beast only too real.
An unlucky beachgoer stumbled across the remains before alerting authorities – “A lady found one part and we helped her retrieve the rest,” said Maria Sanches of Civil Protection in Cuevas. “We have no idea what it was. It really stank.”
Local experts and residents are struggling to determine what the remains of the highly decomposed creature are. Guesses range from a relative of the Loch Ness Monster, a dinosaur, the backbone of a whale or the separated corpse of an oarfish.
The extent of the decomposition of the monster mean that most of the remains were buried for safety reasons. A spokesperson for the Marine Biological Association said “a few people have said it could be the backbone of a shark with the rest of it decaying away. Really we would need a vertebrae to properly identity if. If it was a shark it would have cartilage skeleton as opposed to bone.”
Nobody’s too sure what to make of the horns attached to the beast’s head, and experts remain puzzled as this mysterious find contributes to a long history of discoveries of mythical sea creatures.
In 1896, the corpse of a two-meter tall sea creature washed ashore in Florida; in 2003 a bizarre 12-metre, 13-tonne blob shocked the world when it washed up on a Chilean beach. In July this year, we reported that a fully-fledged dragon skull appeared on a beach in Dorset – which you can read about here.
This particular Spanish monster, however? Experts think it’s probably just a shark – but mystery marine lovers need not fret. Apparently 95% of the oceans are yet to be explored, so perhaps now’s the time to don your scuba suit and search for your local sea monster. We wish you the best of luck!