Mysterious Horned Sea Monster Washes Up in Spain
A series of pictures provided by Spanish Civil Protection on Aug. 16 shows the creature found by residents in the Spanish coastal village of Villaricos. The carcass, measuring four to five meters in length, was in an advanced state of decomposition.
A mysterious sea creature featuring what appear to be horns on its head was discovered in the advanced stages of decomposition along the shoreline of Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain, on Thursday.
A woman first discovered the head and then found the body farther down the beach. The entire carcass with the head stretched 4 metres.
“A lady found one part and we helped her retrieve the rest,” said Maria Sanches of Civil Protection in Cuevas. “We have no idea what it was. It really stank.”
The find caused widespread speculation as to what it could be, some humorously suggesting it was a link to the Loch Ness Monster or was some sort of sea dragon or water dinosaur.
Others surmised it was a mutant fish or some sort of shark species. The best guess here is an oarfish.
“It’s hard to know what we’re dealing with. It’s very decomposed and we cannot identify what it is,” A PROMAR (Programa en Defensa de la Fauna Marina-Sea Life Defense Program) spokesman Paco Toledano said.
“Perhaps we could learn something more from the bones, but to be precise, it would be necessary to perform a genetic analysis, which is very expensive and who would pay for it?
“Anyway, we have submitted the information to colleagues with more experience and knowledge to see if they can tell us something more specific.”
Toledano did shed some light on the horns of the sea creature, however. He said they are actually bones that have fallen out of place.
“It’s not a longhorn cowfish, that’s for sure,” he joked.