Author: Travis Korte [Huffington Post]
With an odd, greenish pattern, this creature didn’t look like anything the locals had ever seen when it washed up in Folly Beach, just South of Charleston, S.C. on Friday, March 22. Some were quick to call it a “sea monster,” but scientists say its actual identity is a bit more mundane.
Dr. Shane Boylan, a veterinarian at the South Carolina Aquarium (SCA), saw a photograph of the beast and quickly identified it as a sturgeon. He said the body shape and the bone plates along the side gave it away. And the strange colors? They’re likely evidence of rotting, or what Boylan calls a “necrotic tan.” Most sturgeon are silvery or greenish, so beach-goers who had never seen a rotten one might not have recognized it.