Loch Ness Monster and all similar aquatic creatures beware. It seems a new type of sea monster has appeared on the shores of South Carolina. a 15 foot, 800 pound aquatic monster washed up on the beach in South Carolina at tourist destination Folly Beach.
Residents panicked and thought they may have been looking at a new type of sea monster. Was it a holdover from the dinosaur era? Was it a new mutation from all the chemicals we dump in the ocean? A local vet says that residents should return to their homes. It is just a large Sturgeon.
Several species of sturgeon are native to North America, with the Atlantic sturgeon being the type found in the South Carolina area. All species of this swimmer are known to grow to massive sizes. The Atlantic Sturgeon usually grows to be around 10 feet long and 300 pounds, but can grow to be as big as 15 feet long and 800 pounds.
The Folly Beach monster turned out to be on the bigger side of the coin. The fish had the telltale beady eyes, face barbs and bony scale plates which all contributed to residents panic. For many residents of the area, this may be the first and last time they see a fish of this kind. The species, which has been swimming our seas for a 100 million years, is at risk. Sturgeon populations are being hit hard by commercial fishing, with several species making the endangered list.
Residents were still thrilled to find out they were dealing with a fairly common fish and not some kind of new killer creature.