Horned Monster in Spain an Oarfish or Shark?

By: Lindsay McCane - August 23, 2013

Has the Loch Ness monster been discovered? PROMAR (Programa en Defensa de la Fauna Marina-Sea Life Defense Program) is working on finding that answer after a “horned monster” washed ashore in Spain earlier this month.

A swimmer first discovered the head of the monster while walking along the beach. The head had two horns protruding from it. Then, as she walked further down the beach, she discovered the 4-meter long body.

“A lady found one part, and we helped her retrieve the rest,” Civil Protection coordinator Maria Sanchez said. “We have no idea what it was. It really stank, as it was in the advanced stages of decomposition.” She added, “Promar experts are trying to find out what it could be.”

Identifying the monster has not been an easy task. The body was found in a very decomposed state and the smell from the monster made it hard to work around. Due to hygienic reasons, the body of the monster had to be buried and now researchers have only the samples they were able to obtain and the pictures taken to go by.

“It’s hard to know what we’re dealing with,” A PROMAR (Programa en Defensa de la Fauna Marina-Sea Life Defense Program) spokesman Paco Toledano said. “It’s very decomposed and we cannot identify what it is. 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.”

Different theories have been circulating as to what the monster could be. Jokingly, people have said that it is Nessie, or some other kind of sea dragon, but scientists believe that it is a type of shark or an oarfish.

One scientist, David Shiffman, shared his opinion on the Southern Fried Science website and said: “It’s hard to tell, but the official guess that it could be a thresher shark seems plausible. Certainly the tail looks oarfish-y. It maybe could be a thresher shark, but nothing else.”

Another expert from Florida State University, Dean Grubbs, says: “That is definitely a shark skeleton… 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.”

Image via YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbqZSr7zrJ0

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Lindsay McCaneLindsay McCane is a writer, student, wife, and mom to a two-year-old little boy. She loves to read, write, and spend time with her family. Follow her on Twitter @lrmccane.

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  • Kelly L.

    DEFINATELY an oarfish!

    • Hmm….

      That is an awfully big oarfish ….. awfully big…. not sure.

  • Larry M

    Sharks do not have bones..

  • Hmm….

    Looks like a dragon to me. People forget that most of the sea is unexplored. It could be anything. Yet, mainstream media will always explain it away as something known.

    It is kind of like Nephilim bones. All around the world giant bones have been found that link directly to the bible and the Nephilim. Also, structures have been found that no earthly men could have produced but yet, they are explained away by the media. When there is not an explanation, the media moves toward ridicule.

    It is kind of like the Phoenix lights. Thousands of people saw enormous crafts appear out of no where. But the media, immediately made fun of the people. I am sorry but thousands of people are not delusional or liars. They saw something.

    God forbid we find out that history is not as people claim it to be. We just can not upset the “order” we have in the world today.