Scientists hailed the largest and most complete fossil ever found in the UK.
Experts have found the 30-foot dolphin-like ichthyosaur skeleton at Rutland Water, Rutland.
It is 180 million years old.
They grow up to 82 feet (25 meters).
The first ichthyosaurs, called sea dragons because they tend to have very large teeth and eyes, were discovered by fossil hunter and paleontologist Mary Anning in the early 1800s.
Le Dr Dean Lomax, a paleontologist who studied the species, will declare: «Malgré les names fossiles d’ichtyosaures trouvés en Grande-Bretagne, it is remarkable to think that Rutland’s ichtyosaure is the greatest squelette jamais trouvé au United Kingdom.
“This is a truly unprecedented find and one of the greatest discoveries in British paleontological history. “
The dig airs on BBC Two’s Digging For Britain tomorrow at 8pm ET.
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