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Published on : Friday, August 23, 2013
Tourists and residents of Villaricos were mystified when a strange-looking sea creature came up ashore a beach in the southern coastal town on Thursday. From “horned sea monster” to a “mutant fish”, the mysterious carcass has become a major center of attraction for the people. Thus it would not be wrong to say something fishy is going on in Spain.
This unusual creature was first noticed by one of the beachgoers. María Sánchez, the civil protection coordinator for nearby Cuevas del Almanzora, speculated that mysterious marine animal may have washed in from somewhere near Africa. According to the reports, the carcass had a strong odor. It appears to be in the state of decomposition. As the oar fishes stay far below the surface in temperate and tropical water, they can hardly be seen alive. Most of the time they remain unspotted till the carcasses are washed ashore.
The carcass is in the shape of a snake. As the experts believe, the carcass bears similarity to dragon fish and possibly would have been dragged by the current. This unusual animal has risen curiosity among the residents and the tourists of Villaricos.
Gary Griggs, the director of the University of California Santa Cruz’s Institute of Marine Sciences, offered his own explanation for the bizarre find.
Based on his huge experience as an ichthyologist, he predicted as it as a ribbon fish or oarfish. As per records, the longest oarfish recorded measured in at 36 feet.
Although it looks extremely weird and bizarre, people of every age enjoy the stories of dragons or sea serpents.
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