Strange Skeleton Found On Longboat Key, Florida Beach

The skeleton of a Gulf of Mexico animal, found by siblings Reagan, Rylee and Kyle Robinson of McKinney, Texas has scientists baffled.

A set of bones found on a Longboat Key, Florida beach has stirred a scientific mystery, as scientists and researchers struggle to identify the strange remains.

A family on vacation found half a torso — with a large head and sharp, daggerlike fins last week on the beach.

Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory could not come up with a definitive answer. Nor could a taxidermist who prepped the bones so one of the children could hang it in his room.

Professors at the University of South Florida have opined about it — a Goliath Grouper, a red drum — to no avail.

This afternoon, Tiffany Robinson and her children are headed to Bradenton to meet with a paleontology expert for answers.

“It looks like a pterodactyl,” she says. “Of course it’s not. But you never know.”

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