Skeleton of mysterious sea creature washes up on UK coastline

A mysterious sea creature's remains have been found on a UK beach and have left people unsure exactly what it is.

The extremely unusual animal's carcass was discovered on Rhos-on-Sea beach in North Wales on Tuesday, June 16, and the skeleton has left a number of people scratching their heads as to what it could have been.

Whatever it was, it has now completely decomposed, with only its spine and skull still intact, NorthWalesLive reports.

The photograph was taken by Ken Shaw who spotted the mysterious remains by the jetty of the seaside resort.

Ken said that the skeleton measured around 18 inches in length and that his first impression was that it was some kind of dogfish.

The post has since been shared multiple times, with guesses as to the species of the creature ranging from bass to a conger eel.

Parts of its skeleton, such as the jaw, are missing, which makes identifying the creature all the more difficult.

Experts from Bangor University have suggested that the remains could be that of a juvenile conger eel, though they could not say for certain from looking at the photograph as some parts of the skeleton are missing.

People have also commented with their, not entirely serious, suggestions for what the creature may be.

"Looks like a greater spotted dodo," one wrote.

Another added: "Baby Welsh dragon, the legend is real."

Someone else commented: "It's not upside down. Jaw is missing. It's anguilliform, most likely conger eel (within British waters). Bangor University correct."

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Earlier this month an alien-looking creature washed up at Cleveleys beach in Lancashire.

A Thorton-Cleveleys resident was shocked when he came across one of the deceased sea critters that were around one and a half meters long.

Experts identified the creature as a giant jellyfish – although it was initially mistaken for an octopus.

Chair of Lancashire Marine Conservation Society, Dr Barry Kaye said: "They are not very dangerous, I am told that you can get a rash/burning sensation if you touch them, but the tentacles are not as extended or hard to see as those of the Lion's Mane, so it is easy to avoid getting hurt."

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