Mysterious skeleton found on Richmond beach

Roxanne Henricus wasn’t sure what she had found Tuesday morning.

While out for a walk at the remote Triangle Beach, tucked away on the Fraser River behind SilveryCity cinema, Henricus spotted a weird-looking skeleton on the sand.

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“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” she told the Richmond News of the four to five-feet long skeleton, which remnants of flesh hanging from it.

“It looked like it had claws. It looked kind of like a reptile of some kind.”

The News contacted the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society - based out of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island – which conducts research into the marine ecosystems of the region.

“(It) looks to be a pinniped, either seal or young sea lion,” local skeleton expert Albert Shepard, told the News, via the research society.

“If that’s a pinnae (ear flap) on the side of the head, then it is probably a California sea lion.”

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