Fishermen ‘Dredged Up 30ft Dinosaur’ from Ocean Floor

Japanese fishermen were left stunned after dredging up the corpse of a mysterious sea creature from the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

After taking some snaps of the dangling beast, a 30ft and 4000lb rotting monstrosity, the skipper chose to have it thrown back below the waves because of its foul odor.

The discovery was made by Japanese trawler, the Zuiyo Maru, which was sailing east of Christchurch, New Zealand.

After hauling the “dinosaur” from the depths, the fishermen were convinced they’d discovered a new species. But Captain Akira Tanaka, apparently more concerned about the smell, decided to chuck it back so it wouldn’t risk spoiling the fish they’d caught.

But not before photos and samples of its skeleton, skin and fins were taken from the creature – nicknamed Nessie – for further expert analysis. The creature had a long neck, four large red-colored fins and a tail about 2m long.

There were no internal organs in the chest cavity and the gut had opened up from decay, but flesh and fat were intact allowing amnio acids to be extracted for examination, reports the Daily Star.

Many – including scientists from Yokohama and Tokyo University – thought it was a sea serpent or a prehistoric plesiosaur, a creature which met its downfall along with dinosaurs 65 million years ago. It caused a huge commotion and a “plesiosaur craze” in Japan and the shipping company ordered all its boats to try and relocate the dumped corpse, but with no success.

However, other scientists were more sceptical and Swedish paleontologist, Hans-Christian Bjerring said: “If it’s true that the Japanese collected samples of fins and skin, it would be possible to conclude from a microscope what it is.

If it would be shown to be a hitherto unknown animal from the sea, it is as big of a sensation as the discovery of the coelancanth in 1938… but there is reason to be suspicious of the claims of plesiosaurs, for example, as the marine environment and fauna changed drastically since the age of the plesiosaurs on earth.”

Another, Ove Persson said: “The plesiosaur is much bigger and breathes with lungs. It seems incredible that it would manage to remain hidden.” It was later concluded that while the identity of the carcass could not be determined with certainty, it was most likely that of a basking shark or closely related species.

Decomposing basking shark carcasses lose most of the lower head area and the dorsal and caudal fins first, making them resemble a plesiosaur.

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