Horned Sea Monster Is An Oarfish: Massive Serpent Found In Spain Shocks Locals [PHOTO, VIDEO]

By Danny Choy on August 22, 2013 12:13 PM EDT

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Is this an oarfish? Locals discover the corpse of a massive serpent in Spain. (Photo: BoingBoing.Net)

The corpse of a horned sea monster, suspected to be a giant oarfish, stunned locals of Luis Siret Beach in the village of Villaricos, Spain, after it washed ashore. The massive corpse was discovered in a state of advanced decomposition and beyond recognition, prompting many bystanders to claim its a modern day "sea serpent," drawing sensational comparisons to the Loch Ness Monster.

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Initial reports claimed that the decomposed body of an animal measured 13-feet-long. Due to the decomposition, the corpse featured flaked scales and protruding cartilage that made the corpse appear to possess horns. The peculiar features prompted rumors that the corpse belongs to a never-before-seen sea creature or a horned sea monster .

"It's hard to tell," said shark researcher David Shiffman of the University of Miami in a Twitter exchange with NBC News, "but the official guess that it could be a thresher shark seems plausible."

Ultimately, most researchers believe the strange horned sea monster on the shore of Luis Siret Beach is an oarfish. According to the Inquisitr, the rare sea creature can grow to be as long as 56 feet. Although the oarfish is found in all temperate to tropical oceans, the creature is rarely ever seen. The Regalecus glesne, also known as the King of Herrings, is the largest oarfish species and is the longest bony fish alive.

Earlier this summer, an oarfish was sighted 200 feet deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. According to marine biologists, oarfish sightings usually involve dead specimens so the LSU Oceanography team were thrilled to capture stunning video footage of a live oarfish.

Want to learn more about the rare oarfish? Be sure to watch the video below:

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Sea Serpent Sighting in Gulf Of Mexico: Scientists Film Rare Oarfish 200 Feet Below Ocean Surface [VIDEO]

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