Real or a clever hoax, we don't know. Every year people swimming in the ocean mysteriously disappear, never to be found again.
Most often, it's blamed on shark attacks, and rogue killer waves, but not every disappearance is caused by sharks or waves. Recently, a wave of strange sea creatures were documented but perhaps this ocean sea monster is among the strangest. The body of this creature was offered up for sale on Ebay!
Take a look at what may lurk in the ocean. A friendly fish? We think not! Looking at those giant monster carnivorous teeth tells the rest of the story as this ferocious appearing beast may have a diet of more than soft seaweed.
Sources flip back and forth from real to fake. From the Source: "In fact, the "creature" is a sculpture by Tampa Bay artist Juan Cabana. Mr Cabana has created an entire menagerie of mermaids, sea monsters and aliens, some of which he offers for sale on eBay under the name "seamystery". This particular "Sea Monster" was the subject of an eBay auction in June 2006. The same photographs that are now circulating were included in the eBay description of the item."
At Ebay, this is the seller's description, who claims it's real: "I was taking my usual walk down a local beach here in Tampa Florida when I came upon this very strange fish on the shoreline. There was a crowd of seagulls nearby but no matter how hungry they seemed to be they would not get near this sea monster. After making sure it was dead, I picked it up to further examine it. Nearby, a woman, who was the only other person on the beach this day, asked out loud if it was a dead shark. Clutching the strange sea creature in my hand, I walked towards her so she could have a better look at this freak of nature. As I got closer to her, she told me to stop. With a look of horror on her face, she quickly turned and left the area."
"Afterwards I decided to take it home with me. I measured this cryptid creature at 20 inches long. I decided to list this weird & wonderfull fish on ebay to share it with the world. I guarantee that this creatures flesh, teeth, jaw and skull are REAL 100% once living, organic flesh and bones. Though mummified, this unknown species of fish has been cleaned and treated with taxidermy chemicals to preserve and reduce any fish odor to a mininum. The winner to this auction will recieve the exact same fish pictured below. This auction is not a joke and there is no trick photography here. One does not find Sea Monsters up for auction very often. Think of the stories you could tell to friends, customers or crowds. Such a creature deserves to be in a museum for many people to enjoy. This auction is open to all countries of the world..."