A mysterious, 13-foot-long dragon-like creature washed up on a Spanish beach earlier this week, and it was discovered by a woman with its head detached. According to Civil Protection coordinator Maria Sanchez: “We have no idea what it can be, but it smelled bad, because it was so badly decomposed”; theories ranged from a type of shark to a giant oarfish. Continue reading for a video and another theory.
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.”