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'Nessie-like' carcass found on Scottish beach

By T.K. Randall
February 13, 2020 · Comment icon 42 comments

What is this creature ? Image Credit: Facebook / Fubar News
A violent storm that battered the UK this week exposed this monstrous carcass on an Aberdeen beach.
Found washed up on Balmedie Beach along Scotland's east coast, the mystery skeleton was discovered by a member of local community Facebook page Fubar News.

"Came across this weird creature today near Aberdeen," they wrote. "Any ideas what it could be?"

The image quickly generated a great number of responses including several making predictable comparisons to the Loch Ness Monster despite Loch Ness being over 100 miles away.

Some users suggested that it could be a saltwater crocodile, while others made tongue-in-cheek references to Falkor the Luck Dragon from classic 1980s fantasy movie The Neverending Story.
As it turns out however, this peculiar creature is none of these things.

According to Nick Davidson of the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme, the remains are actually those of a minke whale - a species of seaborne mammal that can grow up to 35ft in length.

It also turns out that the carcass had actually been on the beach since October and that the recent storm had merely removed the sand that was covering it.

Source: Scotsman | Comments (42)

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Comment icon #33 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
I think Aquaman has something to answer for.
Comment icon #34 Posted by drakonwick 4 years ago
Can't be identified by normal beach goer's... Sure, let's slap a mythical sea beast label on it! lol
Comment icon #35 Posted by InconceivableThoughts 4 years ago
This has to be the closest, imo ,the "papameter" has ever been.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Habitat 4 years ago
It is accurate to plus or minus 10%
Comment icon #37 Posted by Jetstream587 4 years ago
These things usually just end up being whales. It can't be a shark as some have pointed out because they don't have bones.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Torviking 4 years ago
I totally agree, a sharks skeleton is cartilaginous and deteriorates very quickly.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 4 years ago
It's been pointed out multiple times that it is a whale.
Comment icon #40 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
Technically the expert WAS baffled... Right up to the point he looked at the bones.  And technically it could have been called a cryptid... right up to the point the expert identified it.
Comment icon #41 Posted by drakonwick 4 years ago
Sun Magazine is big on conspiracies. It seems logical though, so that's interesting!
Comment icon #42 Posted by quiXilver 4 years ago
Is it a whale?  Or a magnet for UM Trollsters?               nevermind... it's both

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