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Jul 13, 2012 8:16 PM

Strange fish head?

I've found here washed up on a beach in the Isle of Man what I think might be the top part of a fish skull. It has a long 'snout', at the tip of which there are some minute teeth. It is 13cm long (from where it looks as if a backbone might join)  and at its widest point is 5cm.

 

I have e-mailed photos to a local marine biologist  and he is mystified.

 

In all my years of beachcombing and fishing I have never come across anything like this. Nearest I can get searching is maybe a sort of large pipefish.

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    Jul 13, 2012 9:45 PM (in response to traie)
    Re: Strange fish head?

    Can you take more photos from other angles? (To me it bears more resemblance to the rear end of a bird, than the front end of a fish - but I'm puzzled too).

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        Jul 17, 2012 3:19 PM (in response to traie)
        Re: Strange fish head?

        It's a Dogfish skull of some sort. There are plenty of different species around the IOM.

        Lewis

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            Jul 19, 2012 10:19 AM (in response to traie)
            Re: Strange fish head?

            I think this is definitely Shark or Ray in origin. Check out Dogfish skulls and Thornback Ray anatomy on Google. If the Marine Biologist was from Port Erin I would not be suprised that they could not identify it as last time I met them they were completely out of their heads in the local pub.

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