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A skeleton measuring 3.5 metres (11 feet 5 inches) in length has allegedly been discovered in waters off China’s Shandong Province.

The skeleton, which is believed to have a total of 153 joints, was found by fishermen in Qingdao on 28 March. Local camera crews and crowds of onlookers soon gathered to catch a glimpse of the strange creature, whose origins have yet to be confirmed.

Despite appearing online a couple of days before April 1, both the colouring and condition of the skeleton have led many to believe that it is, in fact, an elaborate carving or part of a well devised practical joke. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a mysterious object has popped up in Chinese media only to leave members of the press red-faced; in June last year, footage of a “legendary mushroom” appeared online as a young Chinese reporter poked and prodded what eventually turned out to be a discarded sex toy.

Placed on top of a stretch of red cloth, however, the skeleton certainly looks impressive!

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Here’s some footage of the mysterious beast, taken by local news crews late last week and complete with plenty of exciting zooms and sound effects:

What do you think, Rocketeers? Are these the remains an epic sea monster or does something smell a little bit fishy here? Surely if this was a simple hoax its designers would have waited until today to go public?

Source: Byoukan Sunday (Japanese)

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▼Qindao is located in Shandong Province, China.