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