Did a 'Sea Monster' Wash up on South Carolina Coast?

March 29, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 1:02 AM EDT

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Did a 'Sea Monster' Wash up on South Carolina Coast?

March 29, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 1:02 AM EDT

(Discovery Channel) - A bizarre creature that washed ashore last week in Folly Beach, S.C., sparked speculation in the area and on the Internet that a dead sea monster might have been discovered.

The marine monster was in fact an Atlantic sturgeon. Part of the reason the giant fish's identity was difficult to determine is that sturgeon are not normally the strange brownish tan color but instead lighter colored and silvery. The South Carolina monster's flesh color had changed as it baked in the sun. The dinosaur identification was actually pretty close to accurate; sturgeon are among the oldest bony fish in existence.

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