Dead 'Sea Monster' Is Just a Shark Skeleton

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Everyone freaked out last week when the white, rotting corpse of an apparently horned sea beast washed up on a beach in Spain. Nobody knew for sure what it was, but some ideas included "Loch Ness monster," "water dinosaur" and "sea dragon." Perhaps disappointingly, none of those guesses were correct. The mysterious creature is just a dead shark, according to NBC News.


Experts' initial attempts to identify the creature were hindered because the carcass had to be buried due to public health risks, so analyses were made based only on photographs of the body. Most agreed that it was a fish, although some identified it as a giant oarfish, a species that has inspired whisperings of "sea monster" in the past.

According to Florida State University ichthyologist (fish expert) Dean Grubbs, it's not an oarfish. "That is definitely a shark skeleton," Grubbs told NBC News. "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."

Other marine biologists deferred to Grubbs' expertise. "If not the leading shark morphology guy, Dean's certainly [in the] top five," tweeted David Shiffman, a shark researcher at the University of Miami.

Mystery solved!

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juliojza80

sounds like another excuse to prevent people from freaking out!

August 27 2013 at 4:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
evilwhitemale

They're lying to us... again.

August 27 2013 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drt1320

CLASSIC-- Just tell the sheeps, "What you see actually dosen't exist"... Just like watching 25 pigs from Philly beating on a single black motorists wrongly id'ed as as cop shooter, who was beat'n with the cops knowing news helicopters overhead filming livefeed. Just deny 25 against 1 wasn't excessive force and the sheeps will eat it up.

August 27 2013 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mluvuman

I thought it was Miley Cyrus's tongue at first glimpse.......

August 27 2013 at 3:02 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Eber

Look guys, I would like to know the same as everybody else what type of shark it is, and if it is a shark it is a descovery HURRA NEW SPECIES.... OTHERWISE STOP BULLSHITING US...
Do not hide the trueth about it... maybe the new fllm man in black will be re-done...

August 27 2013 at 2:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Brandi

NO way thats a shark! How can they say it is something without actual DNA evidence? "researchers' looked at the pics and determined what it was? Even if they buried it, they can still dig it up to find hard core evidence. Something smells fishy, and its not this creature!

August 27 2013 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
smurfmom43

True sharks have no bones. Not likely that this was ever a shark. Very fastinating creature.

August 27 2013 at 2:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Albert

Not sure where you get your information saying Sharks have no bones. That's just simply incorrect. While most of their body structure stems from cartilage and tendons, they have a skull, a spine, and bones on their fins ... So if a dead shark was eaten by other sea creatures and this was the remains that washed ashore.. it would have bones and a very hard to determine body because it's not fully intact.

August 27 2013 at 2:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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JESUS

No sharks do not have bones.

Sharks do have skeletons, but they’re made of cartilage rather than bone. Cartilage is the flexible stuff in the tip of your nose. A cartilage skeleton has its advantages. It’s light, flexible, and it heals faster than bone.

August 27 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Bert Fortin

YEA! AND THEY PUMPKIN SEEDS FOR TEETH?

August 27 2013 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
glers

That is no shark

August 27 2013 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chapkmadison

I was taught that sharks don\'t have skeletons, just cartilage.

August 27 2013 at 1:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Albert

Google Shark Skeleton and tell me what you find.

August 27 2013 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grievous977

dude seriously why does every government want to hide such huge scientific finds like this its definantly not no shark i caught sharks for rodeos and seen every shark on the web no shark has spikes coming out of it, i have never seen anything like this befor in my life

August 27 2013 at 1:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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