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Sea Monster? Explanation Is Much Less Mysterious

Whatever it is, it's not pretty at this point.
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Whatever it is, it's not pretty at this point.

We like stories about things that wash up on beaches, such as the softball-size eyeball that appeared on the Atlantic Ocean shore in Florida last fall.

So our eyes lit up when we saw this headline: "Mysterious 'Horned' Sea Monster Washes Ashore in Spain; Officials Baffled."

Alas, as happened with the eyeball (which was from a swordfish), it appears once again that a cousin of the Loch Ness monster has not been discovered.

The rather gross remains found in Spain are much likely to be those of either an oarfish or a thresher shark, according to International Science Times and other news outlets.

However, we're glad to hear about other theories in the comments thread.

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