Sea Monster Washes Up on South Carolina Shore

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Stand back, Nessie. South Carolina believes they are dealing with a whole different kind of sea monster. An alarmingly large and strange-looking body of some kind of aquatic creature washed up on the coastal state's Folly Beach.

Not knowing what the corpse could be, locals started claiming it was some kind of unknown sea monster. A South Carolina aquarium vet quickly dispelled this belief, identifying the freaky fish as a very large sturgeon.

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Several species of sturgeon are native to North America, with the Atlantic sturgeon being the type found in the South Carolina area. All species of this swimmer are known to grow to massive sizes. The Atlantic Sturgeon usually grows to be around 10 feet long and 300 pounds, but can grow to be as big as 15 feet long and 800 pounds.

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Obviously, Folly Beach's find is on the bigger side. The fish's beady eyes, face barbs and bony, scale-like plates all contribute to the sturgeon's alien look. For many residents of the area, this may be the first and last time they see a fish of this kind. The species, which has been swimming our seas for a 100 million years, is at risk. Sturgeon populations are being hit hard by commercial fishing, with several species making the endangered list.

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Still, we're sure local residents are happy to find out they are just dealing with a big fish and not Godzilla.

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turtlehead93

Aliens are real

February 07 2014 at 11:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drwchk

I don't care

September 28 2013 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drwchk

I don't care

September 28 2013 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Walt

NOW WE KNOW WHERE LINDSEY GRAM CAME FROM.

September 25 2013 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian Torrefiel

caviar mother

September 25 2013 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vivamaliengus

jeez whos mom is having a sun tan?

September 24 2013 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
immary9144

What sort of items do they sell ?

September 19 2013 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erika Alvarez

I am alarmed by the amount of massive stupidity that is displayed in the comments, It is NOT fake, alien, monster, experiment it is a normal marine animal that lives deep in the ocean!

September 10 2013 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frankc421

I wonder if the sturgeon specializes in any type of sturgery...

July 30 2013 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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parkspoppyloo2

:)

August 13 2013 at 11:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Alfredo L. Rios

SEA STURGEON ..No question.!

April 06 2012 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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