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"Roch Ness Monster"

In early August 2015, 45-year-old Adele Battersby and her 7-year-old daughter Maiya stumbled upon a scary-looking carcass on the shore of Hollingworth Lake, in Littleborough, Greater Manchester, England.

Battersby said that "It was just lying washed up on the muddy sand half way round Hollingworth Lake. I had no idea anything so big lived in the lake."

She also said: "It was a little scary for my seven-year-old daughter who has enjoyed paddling their previously. She thought it was a large python at first. It thought a baby crocodile."

She also added that "it was like something prehistoric."

Jonny Beckett also saw the remains and took a photo. He said: "I guessed it was about 5 foot or so, it looked huge when looking at it. Very scary thing and yes, awful smell with flies swarming around it."

Another person who saw the remains said: "It looked like some weird ancient monster."

However, none of these witnesses had any reason to be frightened by the "Roch Ness Monster" (as it was dubbed) - it was only a dead pike.

Pic of the Hollingworth Lake fish
by Adele Battersby

This post is excerpted from my future book/current project Global Globsters, which examines reports of lake- and sea monster carcasses from around the world...

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