The sea creature found on the shores of Nova Scotia-Truth!

A Strange Creature Discovered Washed Up on the Shore in Nova ScotiaTruth!

Summary of eRumor:

The message says a scientific mystery has been found on the shore of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.  A picture accompanies the message the remains of a creature have been discovered that is described as 30 feet

The Truth:

This has also become known as “The Nova Scotia Carcass” and was found on September 16, 2002.  News reports in the The Halifax Herald Limited and other local media say the discovery has become surrounded by people with varying theories about what the creature was.  The most common guess is that it is the remains of a huge basking shark, which frequent Fundy Bay. Steve Campana, head of shark research for the federal Department of Fisheries, told reporters he was confident it was the carcass of a basking shark. Retired University of Toronto zoologist Edward Bousfield told the St. Francis times that he regards the find as “something very new to science.”   Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark, director of animal care at Dalhousie University in Halifax, however, told that the cartilage on the fish — its small head, gill arches and large dorsal fin — all indicate that it is a basking shark.  He adds that it is not the first time that a basking shark has washed ashore and prompted stories of sea monsters.  Adding to the discussion is the fact that there are decades-old stories from local fishermen about seeing odd creatures in the waters of the Bay of Fundy.