The strange animal was discovered at a beach in Canterbury, New Zealand and was originally assumed to be an alien.
The creature appeared to have two legs and a tail, in addition to two “wings”, a set of teeth and a long point protruding from its head.
Locals were scared to approach it at first.
The skeleton gave Hanna Mary and her mother a huge shock when they spotted it while out on a beach walk, the NZ Herald reported.
“My first thought was that it was something alien, but I was more fascinated than anything,” Hanna told the NZ Herald.
The pair decided to take the creature to a taxidermist in the hope that they would be able to clear up the mystery.
Unfortunately the taxidermist was left just as stumped after inspecting the creature and decided to post the question to Facebook.
Social media users were left shocked by what they saw, unable to give an explanation of what it could be.
“That ain’t no fish!” wrote one.
“It looks like the devil,” another said.
“It looks like the devil”
Some people have guessed that it is a skate.
“I would say a very deep water skate,” one person commented.
Skates are a type of fish that have cartilage instead of bone and enlarged pectoral fins attached to their heads forming a disc-shaped body.
Similarly to Rays, their wings are often eaten by people.