Wednesday, August 3, 2011
A monster of a find: Couple walking their dogs discover 30ft carcass of sea creature rotting on beach
From the Daily Mail: A couple were left shocked when they discovered the rotting body of a sea monster while walking along a beach.
Margaret and Nick Flippence made the incredible find as they exercised their dogs at Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.
Mr Flippence, 59, who lives nearby, said: 'We were stunned. I thought, "oh my God what is it?"
'It's like nothing we have ever seen, it almost looks pre-historic,' he told the Sun.
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Curled up by the foot of sand dunes was the 30ft-long body of the unidentified animal with head, tail and teeth all discernible.
Experts are now examining the pictures with one suggesting it could be the body of a whale.
A spokesman for the Natural History Museum said: 'We have spoken to one of our mammals curators, and they have confirmed the animal is probably a long-finned pilot whale – Globicephala melas.
'Apparently it’s not unusual for these to wash up on the shore.'
Rob Deville, a marine life expert at London Zoo, said the body could be that of a killer whale or a smaller pilot whale.
Whale expert Mark Simmonds told the Sun: 'it died a long time ago and tides caused the body to wash ashore.'