Sea dragon skeleton hyped in China

Many of the weird news sites are posting this pict. So, we might as well too. It’s not the crazy monster the sensational news tells you it it, it’s a really cool skeleton of a sea critter.

Skeleton of Enormous Sea Creature Pulled out of the Water in China (Before April 1) | RocketNews24.

A skeleton measuring 3.5 metres (11 feet 5 inches) in length has allegedly been discovered in waters off China’s Shandong Province.

The skeleton, which is believed to have a total of 153 joints, was found by fishermen in Qingdao on 28 March. Local camera crews and crowds of onlookers soon gathered to catch a glimpse of the strange creature, whose origins have yet to be confirmed.

dragon

There is also rumor that it is fake. But there is a good chance it’s perfectly real. Take a look at the video and it looks like a real creature. The bones appear to be well cleaned for display.

The most repeated answer seems to be frilled shark. This makes some sense considering the elongated serpentine body and flat head (lower jaw is missing). The video below has a short clip of the teeth which look needle covered leafs in plates for catching squid.

skull

But one thing it’s not is a dragon. I’ve seen the original source of the video referred to as the equivalent of Fox News, a bit on the sensational side. Well, it’s really cool whatever it is but odds are it’s known. Frilled sharks are found in this region.

Frilled shark

Frilled shark

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  5 comments for “Sea dragon skeleton hyped in China

  1. April 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Here is a shark skeleton and you can see that with the lower jaw and fins removed, it looks similar. http://www.marinebiodiversity.ca/shark/english/images/porbeagle%20skeleton%20for%20web.jpg

  2. April 3, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Its without any question a shark skeleton. However I can’t see that it is a frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus). The cranium of C. africana for example is obviously very different (http://www.mlml.calstate.edu/system/files/private/Ebert%2526Compagno%20C_africana%20sp%20n%202009.pdf) and probably the skull of C. anguineus is it too. I assume that the overall appearance (and probably especially the tail) had led to think it is a frilled shark. But this is just a skeleton and not the living animal. In its general appearance this skeleton is “standard” for nearly all sharks.

    • April 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Thanks. I did notice that the missing pieces might suggest a different interpretation. I tried to find a better link to a shark skeleton but was not having any luck. There was mention that it was mammal but I could not see why that would be suggested so I didn’t mention it.

  3. April 4, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    As sharks have no bones, their cartilaginous ‘skeletons’ do not last long. Species of this size should be known to science, but there are always mutant individuals (that how evolution happens).

  4. spookyparadigm
    April 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I just saw a better picture of the vertebrae, and they certainly look like those of fish.

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