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Sea Monsters Don't Exist; Are You Going to Believe Science-Or Your Lying Eyes?

This is an armored sea creature washed up on a beach. This creature's history is a bit murky It's reported to have washed up on a South African Beach in 1931, but since this is a color photograph that's unlikely to be the case. If anyone has additional information we'd be glad to receive it. We note that it appears to look very much like a Mosasaur, an armord sea creature supposedly extinct millins of years ago.

Mosasaurs

"Mosasaurs breathed air and were powerful swimmers that were well-adapted to living in the warm, shallow epicontinental seas prevalent during the Late Cretaceous Period. Mosasaurs were so well adapted to living in shallow epicontinental seas that they gave birth to live young, rather than return to the shore, as sea turtles do, to lay eggs.

The smallest-known Mosasaur was Carinodens belgicus, which was about 3 to 3.5 m long and probably lived in shallow waters near shore, cracking mollusks and sea urchins with its bulbous teeth. Larger mosasaurs were more typical: mosasaurs ranged in size up to 17 m: Hainosaurus holds the record for longest mosasaur, at 17.5 m. (50 feet)

Mosasaurs had a body shape similar to that of modern-day monitor lizards (varanids), but were more elongated and streamlined for swimming.

Their limb bones were reduced in length and their paddles were formed by webbing between their elongated digit-bones.

Their tails were broad and supplied the locomotor power. This method of locomotion may have been similar to that used by the conger eel or sea snakes today. The animal may have lurked and pounced rapidly and powerfully on passing prey, rather than hunting for it.

Mosasaurs had a double-hinged jaw and flexible skull (much like that of a snake), which enabled them to gulp down their prey almost whole, a snakelike habit that has helped identify the unmasticated gut contents fossilized within mosasaur skeletons.

A skeleton of Tylosaurus proriger from South Dakota included remains of the diving seabird Hesperornis, a marine bony fish, a possible shark and another, smaller mosasaur (Clidastes). Mosasaur bones have also been found with shark teeth embedded in them"....Wikipedia

Comparison of mosasaur with washed up remains of "unknown creature"

The Isle of Barra "Creature"

This is an sea creature that washed up on a beach on the Isle of Barra in Scotland in 1961. Reportedly, a scientist eventually identified the creature as a beaked whale, although that explanation fails to account for the creature's apparent long neck. We noted the similarity between the photo of this dead creature and that of several "live" sea monsters.

 

Comparison of Barra Isle carcass with: Top, Frank Searles Lock Ness photos; 1972-74 and Bottom: Nahuelito photos from 2006.

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