Frankly, this is one of the last things you want to see washed up on beach.
Two-foot long with a tail, a beak-like protuberance and looking not unlike a something from another dimension, this “sea monster” was discovered on the shores of Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset.
The remains were found on the high tide mark by the Lisa Worthington, 42, her husband Peter, 52, and their two children.
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Oh great. They're here
Weirdly, the family decided to take the skeleton home with them so ten-year-old Tyler could show his friends.
Lisa, from Uphill, near Bristol, said: "It was really quite strange. We were just walking the dogs when we stumbled across it.
"People have come up with some crazy ideas as to what it could be. My friend even thought it could be a llama, as the long tail-y bit looks like a neck.
"I guess with it being washed up on the beach you would expect it to be a fish or something, but it doesn't look very fishy.
All the better to bite you with, my dear...
"My son was fascinated by it. I've definitely not seen anything like it before. He wanted to take it to school for show and tell.
"He carried it home in a big carrier bag. It absolutely stinks now though. I've told him he's going to have to get rid of it."
The family posted an image of the skeleton on Facebook where speculation grew about what the creature could be.
Some suggested the animal was a lizard or swan whilst others claimed it was some kind of large fish or stingray.
Oh God, it's climbing up the lawn...
Marine biologist, Steve Simpson, said: "This is certainly nothing I have seen before."
Other deep sea creature experts said that it was likely the skeleton was that of a thornback ray.
Shelby Temple, a professor a Bristol University, said: "I think that is the remains of a thornback ray (Raja clavata).
"They are fairly common on muddy/sandy substrates around the UK and Europe.
"The photos certainly make it look like a weird deep sea creature. You wouldn't want to inadvertently step on that tail!"
A close-up of its spiky 'tail'
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