On May 4th, 2018 a jogger made a discovery on Island Beach State Park beach in New Jersey which is believed to a monster from the prehistoric era.
Stephanie Hall discovered the body of the six-foot animal while she was returning from a run.
She’d encountered a seal on the way out and – wanting to give it a bit more room on the way back – she went further up the beach and found the fish.
“I saw this head of something scary in the sand just over a dune,” said Mrs Hall. “I thought it was bizarre and cool looking so I took some pictures. Anyway I had no idea what it was and posted it to my town webpage hoping some fishermen could answer. They did and here we are now.”
They though the fish was a sturgeon, a species which has been around since the Triassic period, up to 245 million years ago.
The series can grow to approximately 14 feet long and can weigh up to 800 pounds
Amazingly, they can live for up to 60 years.
Larry Hanja of The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said the likeliest candidates, the Atlantic and the shortnose sturgeon, were both endangered.
"Sturgeon washing up on a beach is pretty rare because sturgeon are pretty rare,” he told local media.
"They really are unique creatures, almost like relics of the age of dinosaurs. We focus a lot of monitoring efforts on sturgeon in Delaware Bay, where both species were once prolific.”
Mrs Hall, from Ocean Gate, New Jersey, said she had never encountered anything like the creature in the area.
“It’s apparently a rare find,” the 48-year-old said. “The local wildlife people removed the fish and are now studying it.
“I think because it’s rare to see around here and because they consider them endangered.
“I’m just so glad I stopped and took pictures.”
The fossil record for sturgeons show little evolutionary change since the Upper Cretaceous period, which ended 65 million years ago with the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Source - DailyStar
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