WHEN a 13ft skeleton washed up on the beach of Villaricos, it was thought that a mythical creature had been released from the sea.

There were many rumours that the Loch Ness monster’s holiday had taken a turn for the worse, or that a sea dragon from a mythical time had found its ways to the shore.

Spanish publication Lavante described the strange, horned body — which was found in multiple pieces — as “what might seem like a big fish, but in an advanced state of decomposition.”

Experts have now stated “That is definitely a shark skeleton.”

Florida State University ichthyologist Dean 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.”

Mystery solved.


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