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Mystery creature described as a 'baby Loch Ness Monster'

By T.K. Randall
December 11, 2022 · Comment icon 23 comments

What type of creature is this ? Image Credit: Reddit / huskyboi72
Efforts to identify an animal washed up on a beach in the UK have been generating a number of intriguing suggestions online.
We've certainly seen a fair few mystery creatures washed up on beaches across the world over the years, with most of these ultimately ending up being either common but misidentified sea animals or rarely seen animals that most people would be unable to recognize.

This latest example, which was photographed on a beach in the UK and posted up on Reddit by the user 'huskyboi72', has been generating some heated debate on social media in recent days.

"Found this on the beach the other day, anyone know what it is ?" he wrote.
The suggestions posted up by other users were certainly intriguing, with some naming specific types of conventional wildlife and one even describing it as a 'baby Loch Ness Monster'.

The most likely explanation, however, is that this mystery creature is actually a thornback ray - a relatively common animal found in the waters around the British Isles.

This one, for whatever reason, seems to have had its wings removed, thus leading to its unusual appearance.

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Comment icon #14 Posted by the13bats 1 year ago
So are you still so sure or just confused and embarrassed by your blunder?
Comment icon #15 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
The blue dragon mollusk?  
Comment icon #16 Posted by Alchopwn 1 year ago
Not much blood for something chomped on.  But apart from that it seems a good match for a ray.  Do rays not have much blood in their "wings"?
Comment icon #17 Posted by the13bats 1 year ago
Why would there be any blood, the carcass is into a decomposing drying state and imnsho placed where its being photographed, while wings would get nibbled on i am not sure there wasnt some cutting done on this example perhaps a person wanted to try and eat the wings like some eat shark fins. Its really not important how it lost its wings the fact is this case was solved quickly.  
Comment icon #18 Posted by DieChecker 1 year ago
I think Jethro and Joc, nailed it. First thing I thought looking at the picture was looks like a malformed ray. But having the fins cut off makes a lot more sense.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Guyver 1 year ago
Mystery solved.  Nothing to see here folks, move along.
Comment icon #20 Posted by DieChecker 1 year ago
Mystery washed-up creature is described as a 'baby Loch Ness Monster' This thread is now washed up....
Comment icon #21 Posted by Carnoferox 1 year ago
The bilobed pelvic fins with claspers confirm that this is a male skate. Skates actually use the first lobes like "legs" to "walk" along the seafloor. It's always best to look for specific anatomical features when identifying carcasses rather than general appearances. 
Comment icon #22 Posted by Carnoferox 1 year ago
Here's a great video showing how skates "walk" with their pelvic fins.  
Comment icon #23 Posted by Piney 1 year ago
They use to make cheap "scallops" at the Jersey Shore by taking a cookie cutter to skates and rays so probably

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