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Skeletal Remains of Strange Creature Found at HempStalk FestivalBonnie King Salem-News.com
Visitors to Kelley Point Park were bewildered by a strange creature-like skeleton.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - UPDATE: OK, we have just completed a conversation with Barbara Lagerquist, a Research Assistant at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport (South Beach) Oregon. She says the photo was sent to the main university and also was evaluated by several staff members at the Marine Science Center.
It looks like the majority of the comments suggesting this is a white sturgeon, are probably correct. We have been asked to see if there is another photo and there may be, we will publish it if so. I have not personally seen it, but I am curious and we look forward to getting that out.
Lagerquist says they can not conclude for sure.
"Looks like a rotting sea lion. Pretty sure that’s what it is based on size of eye orbits, fin location, spinal column. The long thin “tail” is somewhat confusing but could just be a chunk of flesh hanging off end of pelvic fins." – John North, ODFW Columbia River Fisheries Manager
The skeletal remains of this mysterious creature were found at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in the wild and fairly untamed waters on the edge of Portland.
Tens of thousands of visitors to the park last weekend enjoyed the live music and entertainment that the HempStalk Festival has provided for seven years. The annual event has been held at Kelley Point Park for three years, and has gained in popularity year after year.
Now attracting up to 50,000 people, the one thing they didn't expect to show up this weekend was dead, ugly, and lying on the beach.
Austin King of Salem-News.com shot these photos of the unknown animal, which was estimated to be 8' long. Un-scientifically speaking, it looks to most like a sea monster, an alligator, or possibly a weird sort of eel. Do you see a dragon? Okay, that may be going too far, but we know this is not a normal sighting on the beach. Any beach.
As there are two sites along the Columbia where nuclear production has taken place, the idea must be considered that the creature's remains are the product of toxic influence. For decades, Plutonium for nuclear weapons was produced at the Hanford Site, which is now known to be the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States.
The environment of the Columbia River has been greatly impacted by this, as well as industrial pollution and barriers to fish migration, so it is not at all difficult to see this creature for what it may be- a nuclear malady.
The Willamette River is a major tributary of the Columbia, about 101 miles from the Columbia's mouth on the Pacific Ocean.
It was created about 35 million years ago by plate tectonics, innumerable volcanoes and erosion, and then modified by the Missoula Floods at the end of the most recent ice age. Animals that we've never seen or heard of could have existed before and during that time. Humans didn't even live in the area until 10,000 years ago. Maybe this animal was leftover from the past, a dinosaur?
So, where did this skeleton come from? Is it a natural occurrence or something beyond the norm, and outside the typical? You just never know what's going to wash up next.
If you know the answer to this mystery or have your own theory, or photos to share, we would like to hear from you. Please email the Salem-News newsroom at Newsroom@Salem-News.com.
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