Jon Gopsill, a 54-year-old amateur archaeologist, had never thought of anything he would have stumbled upon while walking his dog on a beach in Salford, Somerset, according tomedia BGR. Gopsill took his two puppies Poppy and Sam to the beach, The Telegraph reported. His dogs sniffed a bone while playing, and Gopsill then saw a skeleton belonging to some kind of marine life.
Unfortunately, the animal’s remains lack a very important part – its head – which makes accurate identification more challenging. But the skeleton is now believed to belong to the remains of the 65 million-year-old dragon.
“I think it’s obviously a fossil of a marine life, probably a fish dragon. It had no head, and I looked around, but couldn’t find it. It’s been around for at least 65 million years,” Gopsill says. “I realized directly that it was amazing, museum-level stuff, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had found something special. I was shocked to see it there. Incredibly it’s been preserved for so long that now everyone can see it. “
Fossil discoveries have been made on beaches near Somerset in the past. The five-and-a-half-foot specimen will be added to the list.