Amy Ayobowen, 42, was walking her dog on Egremont Beach, in Wallasey, during the afternoon when her curious pooch started sniffing at an otherworldly sea creature
Image: Liverpool ECHO)
A dog walker became worried her pet had chomped “alien remains” after stumbling on a bizarre-looking creature on a UK beach.
Amy Ayobowen, 42, was walking her dog yesterday afternoon on Egremont Beach in Wallasey, Merseyside.
She then saw her dog taking an interest in the weird object lying on the sand and sniffing it.
Not knowing what the creature was, she took to a community Facebook page where she asked people to help her identify it.
She wrote: “Can someone reassure me that my dog didn’t try to eat alien remains this afternoon on the beach???”
People soon flocked to the comments, with the general consensus being that it was the remains of a ray.
Many users thought it was a “thornback ray”, which is found often in British waters.
People flocked to the comment section with their guesses on what the mystery creature was, with many suggesting it was likely the “remains of a ray”, and more specifically, a “thornback ray”.
One woman said: “Looks scary, could it be some sort of fish skeleton?”
Sharing an image of a skeletal structure, one man said: “t’s a thornback ray, here’s the skeleton.”
Another local man joked: “Deffo an alien, if anything bursts out of your dog tonight, kill it with fire.”
Others shared their own photos of the suspected ray which they had spotted on the same beach prior to Amy’s post.
Amy confirmed that while her dog “had a nibble” of the mystery object, he is fine.
She told the ECHO: “It probably isn’t the worst thing he has eaten! He’s made of strong stuff!”
Thornback rays are found around all British coasts and with a distinctive kite shaped body.
They can also be recognised by their blotchy brown or grey back and collection of ‘thorns’ on their back and tail.
There are around 20 types of skate and ray found in UK waters, many of which are quite rare and certainly not often washed up on beaches.
However, this sighting is not the only unusual looking creature to wash up on Wirral’s beaches.
Late last year a warning was issued after Portuguese Man O’Wars, also know as the blue bottle jellyfish (although it is not a jellyfish), were washing up on coastlines in Merseyside throughout November.
The sea creatures, which were spotted at Caldy beach, can have tentacles to as long as 100ft and are highly venomous.
Merseyside beaches are also notorious for sightings of ‘monster’ jellyfish, with annual warnings often issued to remind those who see one to “not be tempted to touch them” as they can sting whether dead or alive.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.