“Well, the human carcass is definitely that of the old woman, Ida Rhodes. According to the veterinarian’s report the decomposing body of the dog that washed ashore was most likely the pet that belonged to the deceased woman,” answered Dr. Marsha Mitchell.
“What will you officially declare as the cause of death?” asked Sheriff George Anderson.
“In my professional opinion, my most likely conclusion is that the elderly woman and her dog were the victims of a fatal attack by a very large marine predator. My assessment is based on the bite marks on the remaining flesh of the two victims. I have measured the length of the bite marks and they appear to indicate a very large mouth with sharp jagged teeth. They most closely resemble the type of distinct markings that would be left on a piece of fabric cut with sewing shears. They suggest that the attacking animal had at least two rows of very sharp jagged teeth,” answered the medical examiner.
“What species of large marine predator are we talking about?” asked Deputy Bill Rollins wanting a more definitive answer from the doctor.
“At this time I cannot hazard a guess as to what kind of marine animal that the predator might be. An expert in marine biology might be of more help in making a more precise determination,” answered Marsha. “My personal recommendation would be that you consult Dr. Lionel Phelge, the marine biology professor at The University of British Columbia.”
“Isn’t that the professor who believes in the possible existence of ufos, aliens, Bigfoot and the like?” asked Bill Rollins
“Dr. Lionel Phelge does have a well-known interest in cryptozoology? Answered Dr. Mitchell.
“What kind of zoology?” asked the Sheriff.
“Cryptozoology, the study of unknown and undiscovered species,” was Dr. Mitchell’s answer.