(MCIVERS- Western Star / 20-02-10)
“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.”
A mysterious creature that appears to be of marine origin washed up on the shore known as Lower Cove this week in Canada with what some are calling ‘Nessie-like’ features including a long tail, a large dorsal fin, and what appears to be another appendage that could be used at the front. One of the strangest aspects of the creature seems to be the fact that the creature has no head.
“The Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Corner Brook intends to check out the 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.”
“But, I don’t know what it is.”
“Of unknown origin and species, so far, the odd-looking seaside carcass sits high and dry on the low tide, its approximately 15-foot length includes a pointed, 10-foot tail twisted in the sand, conjuring up Loch Ness monsters for some.”
“The animal, bearing a single flipper-like appendage on its right side, appears to have been decapitated and shows other signs of damage.”
“I didn’t know what to think of it,” says Rich Park, also among the first to see it close up.”
“The long tapered tail on the squared torso of the carcass caused him to initially think the large hunk of flesh might be a tentacle off a giant squid Park said, but on closer inspection it became clearer what the protrusion was not that. It got hair on it in spots. I couldn’t (determine) what it was.”
“I’ve lived here all my life and never seen anything like it,” says Basil Park, who went Thursday went to take a look with friends and brothers Gilbert and Ernie Park, and neither one of them could say they knew what it was.”
“There’s fishermen around here who fished all their lives and they couldn’t tell you.”
But why the missing head? What did the head look like? These questions no doubt are key components to what is turning out to be the latest in a long string of interesting creature discoveries across the world, and is no doubt going to require serious investigation if there is any hope of it being anything more than yet another event that will be recalled by history as simply unexplainable.