Sea monster, Shark or Oarfish – Mystery continues & Experts puzzled

Published on : Saturday, August 24, 2013

CREATUREThe bizarre “sea monster found on a Spanish beach has left experts bewildered. The four meter long marine creature that washed up on the Spanish coast is yet to find its identification — but specialists say it definitely looks like the remains of a Thresher Shark. The remains of the creature, with strange looking horns, was found decomposing on Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain leaving locals wondering if they had caught a glimpse of a mythological sea monster.

The preliminary analysis of the sea monster at the Spanish coast suggests that the 13-foot-long (4-meter) sea monster with the horns might be a “species of fish” . It is also thought that it might be a giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne) — a ribbony fish that’s typically 10 feet (3 meters) long but can grow to lengths in excess of 33 feet (10 meters).


 Gary Griggs, the director of the University of California Santa Cruz’s Institute of Marine Sciences, offered his own explanation for this bizarre sea creature. Based on his huge experience as an ichthyologist (The branch of zoology that deals with the study of marine life), he predicted it as a ribbon fish or oarfish. As per records, the longest oarfish recorded measured in at 36 feet.  The lower caudal fins, the horns of this huge sea monster, which are actually the scapulocoracoids proves these, are the pectoral fins.



Experts and residents are struggling to decide what the remains are, with wild guesses ranging from a relative of the Loch Ness Monster, a dinosaur or sea monster, or an oarfish. The decomposed remains of this mystic sea creature is making the process of identification extremely difficult for the experts.



However, this skeleton on the Spanish coast is not the first mystery which is leading to the speculation of a sea monster. This year, deep sea divers captured images of the elusive Pyrostremma spinosum in open water off the coast of Tasmania. In September 2009, a strange hairless creature found in a South American cave made people believe in aliens.

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