A mysterious sea creature captured on video off the Skegness coast has been intriguing marine experts and beach-goers alike. The footage shows several fins bobbing up and down in the choppy water, just metres off the coast where children can be seen paddling in the shallow water.
London resident Rebecca Clarke, who took the video while visiting friends in Skegness, initially thought it was just rubbish floating on the surface but on further inspection decided it may be some sort of creature.
She said: “It might seem silly but I thought it looked rather reptilian, like a crocodile or a dragon as the fins seemed more rigid than they do on sharks.” Skegness RNLI coxswain John Irving was intrigued by the footage of the creature, which he felt could either be a killer whale or a basking shark.
Neither species are regular visitors to the east coast, however a confirmed killer whale sighting had been made off the Wells coast in Norfolk earlier this year. Senior biologist Marcus Williams at the National Aquarium in Portsmouth says that it is most likely one or two basking sharks.