Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, a huge creature was found washed up on the shores of a British lake.
Eyewitnesses spotted the beast at the edge of the water at Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Rather than an unknown species of prehistoric reptile, it’s thought that the 5-ft. long creature could be a huge pike, with a mouth full of fearsome set of teeth and hollowed out eye sockets to match.
Some have named the creature the “Roch Ness Monster” with the lake 400 miles away from Loch Ness. One walker claims he could fit his entire fist inside the long animal.
The photos, posted by multiple shocked walkers, sparked a debate on whether the creature was an ancient beast or just a dead pike. The images have been making rounds on the internet in a bid to clear up the peculiar find.
Danny Connor, 24, was out on an afternoon walk with his girlfriend when he spotted the Jurassic-looking corpse. Intrigued by what it could be, the couple clambered down a bank to take a closer look and were soon shocked by what they saw and smelt.
Danny said: “When we got closer I got this funny feeling in my stomach. It looked like some weird ancient monster. It was massive too. I put my foot next to it and took a photo to show the scale of it. I’m a size 11, so it must be at least 4 ft. It had this horrible smell too. It was making us wretch.”
Online commentators debate what lurks beneath the Britain lake. Some users are adamant that the beast is the corpse of a pike, but others are not convinced and have vowed to steer clear of the lake.
Pikes are regularly found in the 130-acre reservoir along with perch, roach, and bream for coarse fishing. Famously aggressive, the predator has been known to grow to more than 4 ft. and weigh up to 25 kg. While normally feeding on smaller fish species, pikes are even known to turn on each other when food is scarce.