Friday 27 April 2018

Mysterious limb found on Clare beach is actually a seal's flipper, expert reveals

The animal remains that washed up on the beach (Image via Clare FM)
The animal remains that washed up on the beach (Image via Clare FM)

Kathy Armstrong and Sean Nolan

Speculation that the remains of a primate were found on an Irish beach has quashed, as an expert has revealed the discovery is actually a seal's flipper.

Clare County Council Dog Warden Frankie Coote made the remarkable discovery on a beach in Kilkee, Co Clare.

He told RTE Radio One that after gardai ruled out the possibility of it being a human arm, he was called in to deal with it.

After some online research he believed it may be some form of primate's arm and he is appealing to the public to see if they know anything about it.

Mr Coote confirmed that the find was "much the same size as his own arm."

However, Paolo Viscardi, Osteologist at the Natural History Museum, rubbished any suggestions it could be the remains of a primate.
Speaking on The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One, he said: "Things like primates tend not to have such chunky arms, if you look at the gorillas in the Dead Zoo their arms are strong but not as chunky as that.

"Really that leaves us with something like a bear or if you look at it as hind legs, maybe it could be the flippers of a seal.

"It's very robust, it has a big curve which is exactly what you see in grey seals."

Mr Viscardi joked that he could see why people are keen to believe it belonged to a primate.

He said: "It's a better story but it's not as close to the truth."

Mr Coote said it could have come from anywhere and that other animal remains had washed up there before. But he had never encountered anything like this before.

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