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Bizarre Remains of “Dragon Skeleton” Discovered in Chinese Sea

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A Fisherman from the Shandong Province caught something a little out of the ordinary last week, namely, the huge skeletal remains of a “translucent dragon”.

The bizarre skeleton was found in the water on March 28th by a Chinese fisherman who wasted no time calling the local news crews, and reporters rushed to photograph creature, all 153 joints of it.

According to Japanese news outfit Byoukan Sunday, the find has prompted some to wonder if the color and shape aren’t just a little too perfect, inciting the thought that the bones might have been hand carved. Researchers, on the hand, have disputed this claim, saying that they believe the skeleton is mammalian in nature, and not a large fish as others have speculated.

A video which surfaced on Youtube (before April 1st, mind you) shows the skeleton propped up for examination, and you have to admit that if it is a hoax, it’s a pretty impressive one, more so than the now infamous “Legendary Mushroom”  which turned out to be nothing more than a wayward sex toy.

Have a look at the remains for yourself, and let us know what you think. Is it a dragon? A sea monster? A shark? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, on twitter, or in the comments below!

Dana Matthews
Dana Newkirk is a co-creator and regular contributor to WF? 'Zine. Dana hosted the internationally syndicated television series The Girly Ghost Hunters, which originally aired on the Space Channel in Canada. It was pretty terrible. If you so choose, you can catch the reruns on Sunday mornings around 4:30am on channel 44. Her main interests lie within the genre of vintage fringe, though she has been known to stand awkwardly in the background of many Who Forted videos.
Dana Matthews

26 Comments

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  2. Henry

    04/02/2013 at 9:37 PM

    Looks like a snake skeleton and an elephant skull

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  5. DocZaius

    04/03/2013 at 9:15 AM

    Not sure about the spinal column but the skull could be some kind of whale or dolphin.

  6. gw

    04/03/2013 at 5:44 PM

    Vertebrae are definetely cartilage and not bone. Most likely a shark of some kind, probably a whale shark, not sure about the skull

  7. Sam

    04/04/2013 at 9:12 AM

    It’s some type of whale. You can clearly see the blow holes in the top of the skull.

    • scott

      06/18/2013 at 5:05 PM

      blowholes in the skull?

  8. Pateriot

    04/04/2013 at 10:29 AM

    It seems highly unlikely that the vertebra would still be articulated on an animal that had already decayed to that point. One of them can actually be seen seperated from the rest of the skeleton and out of place next to it. I would have to say fake.

  9. mylemonblue

    04/04/2013 at 1:19 PM

    Google Shark Skeleton and/or Shark Anatomy. You will find that skulls front protrusions on the sharks skulls and the same spine with the same fin cartilage on the tail end.

    The fisherman called it a dragon because the tail has a “fan-like” fixture at the end. In dragon mythos female dragons have a fan on the tail and male dragons have a spiked or club tail. It probably reminded him of that when he saw that sharks remaining tail cartilage that resembles the fan extending from the last of the spine.

  10. Tont b

    04/04/2013 at 10:53 PM

    It might be an Oar fish. They are often mistaken for such mythical creatures such as Sea Serpents and Dragons.

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  12. mistfall

    04/06/2013 at 4:37 PM

    Shark skeleton. Just Google “shark skeleton” and look at the image from the Canadian Shark research lab. The remains of the tail cartilage is identical. The skulls looks like the pic at elasmo-research.org.

    Look up “shark vertebrae” and there’s photos of shark vertebrae just like the “dragon”‘s all over the place.

  13. Richard Freeman

    04/09/2013 at 9:10 AM

    It is the spine and skull of a basking shark.

    • Alana

      05/24/2013 at 5:27 AM

      agreed

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  15. camille

    05/24/2013 at 9:03 AM

    I took Richard’s advise, looked up basking shark… and funny that the same picture in this article is in the image results of the shark pages for Google. Why would they add this pic of a dragon to that site, not at the top, more in the middle…hummmm!!!!!

  16. Anthony

    06/27/2013 at 11:07 AM

    It is 100% an Oarfish. I’ve caught one before with my bare hands

  17. Markus

    07/05/2013 at 1:04 PM

    Its a shark, probably an white shark. Without question not a whale shark or a basking shark as certain parts of the skull reveal (compare the rostrum for example).

  18. Zayne

    07/19/2013 at 2:54 AM

    You guys are all haters. What’s so hard with believing the possibility that it might just be some kind of an unknown creature that we could call a dragon. Instead, everyone’s always to quick to dispute stuff and close their minds to the possibilities. It’s that kind of thinking that got us stuck in the Dark Ages. Open your minds, expand the possibilities. If quantum physics can’t truly be explained or understood, why think that everything else can. Say what you like, but I’ll be one of the few choosing to believe that this is very possibly a dragon’s skeleton.

    • Guardian Of Monsters

      01/07/2014 at 11:20 AM

      Thank you for believers it is hard to find true believers these days

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  20. Guardian Of Monsters

    01/07/2014 at 11:18 AM

    Water dragon. Or as you call them, sea serpents. Nothing too new, there are many of them in the oceans although most of the time the family of the dragon will get its remains so not to let humans see… so most likely by my reasoning its a water dragon who’s family dies or didn’t know until it was to late. Alas, when will humans learn?

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