Student in Tuscaloosa finds plesiosaur remains

(Leigh Garner/CBS42)
(Leigh Garner/CBS42)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — One Tuscaloosa middle school student has made a rare find.

The student found the remains of a prehistoric creature that is being compared to the Loch Ness Monster.

The vertebrae of a plesiosaur was uncovered during a museum expedition in Greene County.

The large marine reptile lived 80 million years ago.

At 45 feet long, it was once the top predator in the ocean.

Researchers say it’s not a dinosaur, though. It’s more like the modern equivalent of a killer whale or large shark.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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