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mairzydotes
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http://englishrussia.com/?p=251

I don't know if this has been posted before...

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Either a fox with mange or a Skeksis.

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Looks like a crocodile with a different head put on.

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Troberg
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Freaky. I vote a Skeksis. [Smile]

At least, for once, we have a bunch of pictures from different angles, which pretty much rules out Photoshop, which leaves staged or real. There are plenty of places to hide where you put the different parts together, so my first guess would be staged.

Perhaps a baby Godzilla? They are supposed to live around Japan.

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Nah... Skekses have nasty spine things coming out of their backs. It's the other critter from the Dark Crystal. [Wink] The head looks vaguely--tho not entirely--horselike, but I'm at a loss... unless it's some kind of Piltdown critter.

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Komodo dragon that tried to eat a yak?

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It's a whale. When the fat starts to decompose it leaves behind collegen fibers which resemble hairs.

But it sure does look like a skeksis!

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Andrew of Ware, England
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In their book 'Unexplained Phenomena' (a 'Rough Guide' Special) Bob Rickard and John Michell make the point first made by Bernard Heuvelmans that every well-documented case of 'globsters' (carcases washed up on a shore) has resulted in the corpse being identified as 'an oarfish, basking shark or some well or little know cetacean'.

Although the corpse decomposes into some bizarre heap of flesh is is still easily recognisable to any competant zoologist. (They also mention the point that Horse Chestnut made about 'hairs' appearing. This occurs when the fibrous flesh decomposes once the skin has gone.)

BTW: I've no idea what a skeksis is. I can't find it any book on zoology or unknown animals. Even my Shorter OED does not mention it!

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Definitely a whale of some sort, imo. Too far-gone to tell what kind.

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Purple Iguana
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quote:
Originally posted by Andrew of Ware, England:
In their book 'Unexplained Phenomena' (a 'Rough Guide' Special) Bob Rickard and John Michell make the point first made by Bernard Heuvelmans that every well-documented case of 'globsters' (carcases washed up on a shore) has resulted in the corpse being identified as 'an oarfish, basking shark or some well or little know cetacean'.

Although the corpse decomposes into some bizarre heap of flesh is is still easily recognisable to any competant zoologist. (They also mention the point that Horse Chestnut made about 'hairs' appearing. This occurs when the fibrous flesh decomposes once the skin has gone.)

BTW: I've no idea what a skeksis is. I can't find it any book on zoology or unknown animals. Even my Shorter OED does not mention it!

*points up a couple posts*

It's from the movie Dark Crystal. It's pretty good, give it a watch when you get the chance.

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Andrew of Ware, England
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Thanks Purple Iguana. I've never seen that film - not a great cinema going, I'm afraid.

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Brad from Georgia
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Andrew, here's a Skeksis. They were created by Jim Henson's puppeteers, and when my daughter worked for the Atlanta Puppetry Arts Center, they had one on display. They're just puppets, but pretty disturbing in a dim light.

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Cervus
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My best guess is an orca. It's hard to find good photos online, but see here:

Skeleton #1

Skeleton #2

Orca skull

Replica orca skull

If not an orca, then some other kind of toothed whale. (I'm not familiar with all cetaceans.)
The "hair or fur" that's mentioned on the Russian website might be plant fibers, collagen fibers or simply decomposing skin.

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quote:
Originally posted by Purple Iguana:
Nah... Skekses have nasty spine things coming out of their backs. It's the other critter from the Dark Crystal. [Wink] The head looks vaguely--tho not entirely--horselike, but I'm at a loss... unless it's some kind of Piltdown critter.

It's a Mystic!

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mommyrex
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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus nippon:
My best guess is an orca. It's hard to find good photos online, but see here:

Skeleton #1

Skeleton #2

Orca skull

Replica orca skull

If not an orca, then some other kind of toothed whale. (I'm not familiar with all cetaceans.)
The "hair or fur" that's mentioned on the Russian website might be plant fibers, collagen fibers or simply decomposing skin.

I think we have a winner! Cervus Nippon, I bow to your great resourcefulness.

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charlie23
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Actually, a Beluga is a closer match. Note the longer beak and tooth arrangement. Several teeth appear to be broken or ground down, giving them the false appearance of molars in the carcass photo.

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kizzcee007
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A whale of some sort too. I was looking for long limbs but couldnt see any, so if it doesnt have legs then why not fins and flippers....hey presto! a whale.
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My vote is either Beluga or Pilot whale. Belugas & Pilots have pretty distinct lumps on their heads and there appears, in many of the pictures, to be a decomposing lump slung off to the side of the head. Kind of looks like a wig gone astray.

Scale is hard to judge, but looking at the picture with the men in it I would say the size is about right for a Beluga or Pilot as well.

Belugas get up to about 15-16 feet, Pilots can be up to 20 feet, and in the area specified it could be either a short-finned Pilot or a Beluga.

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It's funny that it looks like those dark crystal critters though [Big Grin]

I am still not sure exactly what it is, but I vote orca as being the most likely. It could be one of those others type of toothed whale though. Hmmmmm.
I still am not 100% sure on which breed.

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Barns & No Bull
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The teeth and skull shape are wrong for Orca and Pilot whale, but correct for Beluga.

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Found it. Poor Fran and Kukla.

http://kukla.tv/olliep.html

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Xia
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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
Either a fox with mange or a Skeksis.

Wow, you're right! It does look like a Skeksis... Weird. [Eek!]

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