- HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Is
the reeking carcass of a sea creature the remains of a dinosaur of the
deep or the rare beaching of a basking shark?
- The fishy remains, discovered late Tuesday on the rocky
shore of the Bay of Fundy, attracted crowds of the curious and speculation
about what the dragon-like beast was.
- The carcass is about 30 feet long and badly decomposed.
- It has a long neck and a small skull.
- Grant Potter, the Parkers Cove resident who discovered
it near a wharf, acknowledged that he has had to put up with jokes about
seeing sea monsters, but wonders if that is what he has found.
- He said he wants more proof before he accepts that the
body is that of a basking shark washed ashore by recent storms.
- "I've had some people joking and saying, 'What are
you talking about, the Loch Ness monster?,' and I say that is a good place
to start," said Potter.
- "I believe this is the remnant of an animal from
times gone by," he said.
- He said four fishermen in the area have talked among
themselves about seeing sea creatures that resemble the carcass, but they
haven't talked about it in public for fear of being ridiculed.
- Two scientists who saw the carcass on a video at the
ATV studio in Halifax Tuesday said it fits the description of the huge
- The cartilage on the fish -- its small head, gill arches
and large dorsal fin -- all indicate that it is a basking shark, said Chris
Harvey-Clark, director of animal care at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
- Many people in the past have found the remains of basking
sharks and believed they were sea monsters because of the small head and
- "I can imagine people in the past coming upon something
like that on the beach. Most people couldn't fathom what it was,"
- Andrew Hebda, curator of zoology at the Museum of Natural
History in Halifax, agreed that the carcass resembles a basking shark.
- He said the province has seen only three beached sharks,
which usually stay in warmer waters, over the past decade.
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