This is going around the mystery-mongering “weird” news sites so I guess it was time to post it here though I don’t have much to say about it. It’s a dead thing; it’s missing important parts; it’s gone now. And now the speculation begins.
The photo of a strange creature uploaded by a beachgoer in Villaricos “went around the world” by means of the Facebook network, garnering a multiplicity of comments as it did so. The fact of the matter is that what is believed to be an enormous fish was found by a woman on Luis Siret beach in Villaricos. Civil Protection authorities in Cuevas del Almanzora assisted in removing the nearly 4-meter long “critter” from the water and immediately notified the Guardia Civil’s SEPRONA agency as well as PROMAR (Programa en Defensa de la Fauna Marina – Sea Life Defense Program).
The details note that the “horns” near what would be assumed to be the head are instead bones out of place, as reported. Also noted is that such a thing had not been found before. This has led to people speculating it is some sea monster or dragon.
This is actually a terrible picture since it provides no scale and does not make the object appear to be 4 meters long. Other photos do however provide a person as scale.
Also, this piece from the local paper does appear to confirm the size and that the object was a very decomposed probable “fish” (which could possibly be not an official fish but any kind of marine animal).
Toledano noted that preliminary data suggests that it is a “species of fish” but did not specify to copy could correspond given the advanced state of decomposition that had the animal when he was spotted by swimmers from the beach Luis Siret , in the hamlet of Villaricos.
In this regard, he pointed out that the “bad state” remains effective forced the Civil Protection Cuevas del Almanzora who took charge of his retreat to deliver to the City, which came to his burial by health reasons.
Since it is so decomposed it is impossible to tell. But I do wonder why there are not detailed pictures available (maybe there is but they are not public) and/or a sample of flesh and/or bones were kept for analysis. A quoted person said that analysis would be costly, but not really. There would be plenty of scientists who would gladly take a look at a sample. That excuse to not grab a piece of such a critter is a very lame one. I hope someone did.
UPDATE (22-Aug-2013) An expert says shark. I know it looks weird but this is the just the vertebral column that remains after decomposition.
The mystery has been solved — at least that’s the way Florida State University ichthyologist Dean Grubbs sees it. Grubbs is a specialist on the biology of fish species, and especially sharks.
“That is definitely a shark skeleton,” Grubbs told NBC News in an email. “The elements toward the back were confusing me, but those are the lower caudal fin supports. The ‘horns’ are the scapulocoracoids which support the pectoral fins.”