As these things go, overreact and tell the media before asking someone who may know the answer.
A weird ‘sea monster’ has Somerset residents baffled after washing up on Weston-super-Mare beach.
Stunned Lisa Worthington, 42, came across the denizen of the deep while out walking the family dog with husband, Peter, 52, and their two children.
The two-foot long skeletal remains were found on the high tide mark on the North Somerset beach.
There were ridiculous ideas about what it was – lizard, swan, llama…
For some reason, they didn’t think it was fish remains (or other marine animals) which would be the logical choice. Luckily, they bagged the remains even though they stunk, obviously. The carcass was identified by experts.
David McCubbin of Seaquarium Weston said: “The thornback ray is also known as the thornback skate and the colour and patterns seen on this ray is often different depending on what part of the world it is found.
This is not an uncommon species for the area but they are not often found in quite so obvious a place half-decomposed.
It makes people look incredibly silly when they speculate about the monstrousness of animal remains on the beach. It is so very likely that this is a known and rather common animal. To label it a “sea monster” so readily is ignorant and just leads to people getting all worked up for nothing. I’d be thrilled to find any carcass on the beach. There is zero reason to speculate wildly. Try investigating instead of running to the press.