Usually while walking along the beach, you expect to find seashells - not the decaying carcass of some unidentified, possibly unknown, sea beast.
But that's just what happened to Peter Bailey, 27, of Tenby, Wales. Huffington Post reports:
"I was taking my dog for her evening walk across the south beach when she started acting out of character by howling and running round in circles," Bailey told the Western Telegraph. "I ran up to her to see if she was ok and then I came across this hideous looking carcass. I could see it had little hair left on it's decomposing body. Immediately I thought it was a horse but it had claws like a bear and a body of a pig. Surprisingly it didn't smell."
The above image has since gone viral on Facebook.
While speculation as to what exactly the beast is has run rampant in Tenby, even reaching local government levels, The Sun reached out to Swansea University's College of Science professor Dr. Dan Forman for some insight:
"It is difficult to say from the picture, but judging by its size and the fact it has five toes, it could be a badger."
But this isn't the first time an unidentified monster has washed up on a beach.
In July 2012, a similar mysterious monster was discovered underneath the Manhattan-side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Wild speculation of the Brooklyn Bridge Beast likened it to an over-sized rat mixed with a sea turtle, but unfortunately we will never truly know. When the creature's carcass was picked up by New York City's Parks Department, it was quickly confiscated. NY Daily News reports:
Vickie Karp, a spokeswoman for the Parks Department, said the creature was a “discarded cooked pig” and that the department “threw it out.”
Doesn't look like a cooked pig to me.
A similar incident also took place in July 2008 in Montauk, Long Island.
This time, the government was not involved but the carcass mysteriously vanished. Guesses as to what the beaked beast was include a racoon, a pitbull, and, again, a pig. (Have any of these people ever seen a pig?)
It makes you wonder, though - it's the 21st century, can't we just do a DNA test on these things?
Read further for more unidentified monster carcasses.
Discovered in Sakhalin, Russia in 2006, this serpentine beast is apparently NOT a fish or a reptile, due to the fact that hair was present on the rotting skeleton. But, as always, the carcass has conveniently disappeared. Read more here.
This time, this creature was a reported casualty of some stick-wielding teens in Cerro Azul, just north of Panama City. Described as rubbery skinned and long armed, it was spotted climbing out of a cave. After the initial attack, the kids snapped some pix of the creature and threw the carcass into a nearby river, where it was never to be seen again. Read more here.
The Ugly One
"The Ugly One" has a portentous ring to it, and it should because it is connected to ancient Native American folklore. Described by First Nations around Northern Ontario, this photographed carcass was discovered by some local Ontario dog walkers. Unfortunately, the carcass has also since disappeared. Read more here.