When a beachgoer stumbled upon the 13-foot long sea creature on Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain she immediately snapped some pictures of it and posted them online, but what the creature is has officials puzzled.
Amateur guesses have included a cousin of the Loch Ness, a water dinosaur, sea dragon, and even a mutant fish affected by a nuclear bomb. Other less outlandish guesses says it could be an oarfish.
Images from Ideal.es Ameria/Facebook
But because of the state of the creature, PROMAR (Programa en Defensa de la Fauna Marina-Sea Life Defense Program) spokesman Paco Toledano explained to inexplicata.blogspot.ca that, “it’s hard to know what we’re dealing with. It’s very decomposed and we cannot identify what it is.”
“Perhaps we could learn something more from the bones, but to be precise, it would be necessary to perform a genetic analysis, which is very expensive, and who would pay for it,” he continued. “Anyway, we have submitted the information to colleagues with more experience and knowledge to see if they can tell us something more specific.”
Toledano did say that the creature’s horns weren’t actually horns. He said they were bones that appeared to have fallen out of place.
“It’s not a longhorn cowfish, that’s for sure,” he joked.
According to ThinkSpain.com, parts of the creature were taken by various laboratories to be studied and the perishable parts were buried.
This 1996 photo shows U.S. servicemen with an oarfish found on the shore of the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, California. Oarfish of this size are extremely rare. The one pictured here was 23-feet long and weighed 300 pounds.