bizarre creature found on
Albuquerque’s West Mesa wasn’t the
chupacabra, the Department of Game and
Fish said, but it was something that
isn’t often seen in New Mexico: an
people thought the creature was the
chupacabra, a legendary creature also
called the “goat sucker.”
worker Robert Wheeler said a friend of
his found it four years ago on the
and Fish employee Marlene Bernal said
she saw the creature in someone’s
had it a bedroom locked up and I said,
‘What are you doing with it locked
up?’ “ Bernal said. “And she
said, ‘I’ve never seen anything
like it in my life.’ ”
said she noticed the creature had
gills, so she and her husband thought
it could be a fish they didn’t know
woman then brought the creature to
Game and Fish to be identified.
were about six officers here and they
took a good hour and a half looking at
it and studying it,” said Bernal.
first, the department identified the
creature as a stingray, but later
found it was an ocean skate.
Aquarium manager Holly Casman said
stingrays and ocean skates are
similar, but ocean skates have wider
tails than stingrays.
said the creature looks so different
because a fisherman cut most of the
not clear why the creature ended up on
the West Mesa, but one theory says
someone either caught it or bought it
and dumped it on the mesa.