The ocean is filled with mysteries, and one of them has washed up on a beach in Spain.
An unidentified creature discovered on the coast near Villaricos has experts scratching their heads — and holding their noses.
“We have no idea what it can be, but it smelled bad, because it was so badly decomposed,” Civil Protection coordinator María Sánchez told the local media.
Experts with the Program in Defense of Marine Animals are “trying to find out what it could be,” she added.
The 13-foot carcass, discovered by a woman with its head detached, is likely a fish, experts said. However, it wasn’t immediately clear which kind. Theories ranged from a type of shark to a giant oarfish.
Dean Grubbs, an ichthyologist at Florida State University, told NBC News the creature was definitely the remains of a shark.
“That is definitely a shark skeleton,” he said via email. “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.”
Samples of the remains were collected and will be analyzed, Sánchez said, according to local media.
What you make of that ? Shark or a Dragon ?