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A view of the Loch Ness Monster, near Inverness, Scotland, April 19, 1934. The photograph, one of two pictures known as the 'surgeon's photographs,' was allegedly taken by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson, though it was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who, on his deathbed, revealed that the pictures were staged by himself, Marmaduke and Ian Wetherell, and Wilson. References to a monster in Loch Ness date back to St. Columba's biography in 565 AD. More than 1,000 people claim to have seen 'Nessie' and the area is, consequently, a popular tourist attraction. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

A gigantic skeleton that washed ashore an Aberdeenshire, Scotland beach has people wondering and speculating as to what the creature was. Could it be the Loch Ness monster?

The Inverness Courier published a photo of the skeleton Wednesday. An adolescent child standing with their foot on the beast’s frame adds perspective to its large size.

It washed up during Storm Ciara, which battered the UK and other nearby countries the first week of February.

Popular guesses as to what it is include suggestions of dinosaur bones, a salt water crocodile, the Chinese New Year Dragon, and even Nessie.