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Mysterious creature washes up on South Carolina shore

Something strange washed ashore on Folly Beach in South Carolina this past weekend. The beast had some wondering if it was some sort of new species. It could have been America’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster...
The corpse of a large, beady-eyed and scaly creature washed ashore on Folly Beach, much to the shock of locals. 
But, be not afraid. According to AOL's Pawnation, the freakishly large creature may look alien, but it is harmless. A veterinarian from a South Carolina aquarium identified the fish as a Atlantic sturgeon.
The species can grow to be as big as 15 feet long and 800 pounds, but are usually around 10 feet long and 300 pounds. Reports say that these alien-like creature is actually harmless.
Their bodies are covered in bony plates called scutes rather then scales, and they have barbels on their faces that help them locate prey, characteristics which give them their bizarre appearance.
But this may be the last time residents in the area see a fish to this scale as sturgeons, which have been swimming our seas for 100 million years, are at risk.
Sturgeon populations are being hit hard by commercial fishing, with several species making the endangered list, as they are a popular target for caviar.

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