Horned monster, not a sea dragon or Loch Ness monster relative, but in fact likely the skeleton of a shark, particularly a thresher shark, reported NBC this Friday, Aug. 23. While the horned sea creature that washed onto a Spanish beach this week hasn’t been confirmed to be a particular type of shark yet, the carcass is indeed that of a shark, say experts, putting an end to the mystery.
The horned monster had many residents and experts stumped for a while since its discovery on the shore, as guesses from a sea dragon to the Loch Ness monster to something much more concrete — like the oarfish — were suspected. Yet now, some preliminary studies have hinted that a thresher shark is what those remains truly are, shedding light on this aquatic mystery.
From the different photos of the horned monster — which does seem to look like a sea serpent at first glance — to the rumors that have been swirling this week, the viral talk of this washed-up sea creature has been the talk of not just residents of the Spanish town, but of people around the world.
"A lady found one part, and we helped her retrieve the rest," Civil Protection coordinator Maria Sanchez was quoted as saying. "We have no idea what it was. It really stank, as it was in the advanced stages of decomposition."
One expert said that early examinations of the 4 meter long animal carcass was from some “fish species,” but couldn’t be more specific at the time. Yet now, quite a few officials in the field are speculating that the remains could be those of the thresher shark.
"It's hard to tell," David Shiffman, a University of Miami shark researcher noted in a Twitter post, "but the official guess that it could be a thresher shark seems plausible."
Are you disappointed by the horned monster result? Or were you certain from the get-go that this creature of the deep that washed to shore was nothing more than a cool-looking carcass?