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Sunday, February 21, 2010


Neither local residents Warrick Lovell, Rich Park, Basil Park, or anyone else it seems, knows what the big creature found dead on a beach here this week might be.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Corner Brook intends to check out the Lower Cove site today, hoping to find some answers for the question of many curious onlookers who went there to see for themselves what Lovell found during a Wednesday afternoon walk on the beach.

“It would be nice to see if anyone knows what it is,” says Lovell. “First I thought it was a seal washed up (on the high tide earlier in the day), but when I went down to check on my boat that evening, I walked over to see and then I knew it wasn’t a seal.

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Dale Drinnon said...

Looks like a hunk of hide of some sort. I imagine it is ONLY the skin off of something or 'nother. Could take DNA testing to figure out what it was once.

Richard Freeman said...

Sleeper shark by the look of it.

Rich said...

I will be looking forward to the followup from this. I wouldn't be expecting any groundbreaking discovery, but it can't fail to be interesting.

At least it looks cold there. Should slow decomposition to a degree.

I am also looking forward to hearing about your analysis of the "blue dogs of Texas"

Oll Lewis said...

The shape of it, and where it was found, says giant squid to me. The top of the mantle is pointing towards the camera and that long protrusion is one of the tentacles.

Markus said...

We all know that "hair" within a description of a carcass must not truly be hair. But if so it could only be a mammal as a friend of mine pointed out. I'am looking forward to the analysis.