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Oarfish? Strange, Spanish fish carcass has been identified.

Oarfish? No. A rotting fish carcass on a Spanish beach has been identified as a shark, not an oarfish.

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A mysterious dead fish found on a Spanish beach has been identified as a shark, not an oarfish.

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A fish carcass rotting on a Spanish beach has been identified as a deceased shark – not a washed-up oarfish, or a mutant animal, or a sea monster – according to an ichthyologist quoted by NBC News.

The remains of a long animal with barely-there flesh and scales, all tinged with a metallic sheen acquired from cooking in a beach’s hot, summer sand, were found last week on Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, a coastal village in eastern Spain. Photos of the allegedly stinking fish were purveyed in the Spanish press and with them flurried speculation about the weird fish’s origins.

What was the strange, dead thing? Maybe it was a sea monster, wrested from its deep sea lair, some readers ventured on Twitter. Or maybe it was a mutant, the unfortunate lab product of a Frankenstein hermit fiddling with test tubes and beakers and DNA somewhere on the Spanish coast, probably in a castle lacking in light fixtures? Either way, the corpse made for good storytelling.

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