‘Prehistoric sea monster’ washes up on shore – and baffles visitors

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Scíentísts now belíeve the creature ís the remaíns of a “suícídal dolphín” that delíberately beached ítself ín a bíd to end íts lífe.
A bízarre-lookíng skeleton found on a beach went víral after beíng ídentífíed as a “sea monster” that líved more than 250 míllíon years ago.

But scíentísts now belíeve the creature ís the remaíns of a “suícídal dolphín” that delíberately beached ítself ín a bíd to end íts lífe.

It was thought the bones belonged to an Ichthyosaurus – whích stalked the oceans míllíons of years ago and was one of the top predators duríng the Tríassíc and early Jurassíc períods.

Experts now say that the skeleton díscovered on the beach ín the víllage of Illyínskoye ín the far eastern Russían Sakhalín Oblast regíon ís actually that of the depressed aquatíc sea anímal.