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Was The Loch Ness Monster Found In Scotland? Mysterious Sea Creature Washed Ashore On East Haven Beach [PHOTOS].

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Something fishy washed ashore in Scotland last week. Locals of the beachside town found what appears to be a skeleton some speculate is the Loch Ness Monster.

David Mackland, a local of East Haven beach, spotted the creature while on the beach with his family. He says the body is roughly four to five feet long.

"I don't know what it is. To be honest it looks a bit like an eel as it has no fins on the back," (http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/life/weird-life/net-closes-in-on-easthaven-sea-creature-s-identity-1.97132) Mackland told the Evening Telegraph . "You don't usually see stuff like that. You very rarely see fish on the beach. You sometimes see dead birds but it is unusual to see that."

Stephen McKelvie, supervisor of the St. Andrews Aquarium, says the animal is most likely an oarfish or Conger eel. "The shape of the jaw and the pattern of the teeth are the only things to go on, because of the level of mortification," he said.

(http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/132297/conger-eel) Conger eels are commonly found off the British coast. They can grow up to 6 feet in length, have large heads, gill slits and wide mouths. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1217457/Pictured-The-whopping-10ft-conger-eel-makes-feeding-thousand-possible.html) Back in 2009 , a British fisherman caught a 10-foot conger eel that weighed a hefty 100 pounds. The fish is a popular dish in the UK where the meat is sold in grocery stores. The current world record for the largest eel caught is held in Ireland for (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2091533/Eel-pleased-Angler-hooks-record-breaking-7ft-long-conger-Devon-coast.html) a conger eel that weighed 305 pounds .

Oarfish are rarer. Easily mistaken for a sea serpent, it is the longest bony fish in the sear that can (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/speciesid/fish_page/fish82a.html) grow up to 50 feet in length . They are typically found in tropical and temperate waters and surface when they are injured or dying.

Some speculate the mysterious creature is the famed Loch Ness Monster 6 an ancient sea creature that is believed to dwell in Loch Ness lake in Scotland.
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