The remains were sitting on a chair.
Off the coast of Key West, Florida, a sponge fisherman saw something underwater that made him contact police: a human skeleton attached to a captain’s chair.
A sheriff went to investigate. He brought up the boat chair and remains, coated with algae.
But it wasn’t real – it was a fake skeleton made of plastic.
The algae was the clue.
Said Sheriff’s Detective Manny Cuervo:
"It looks pretty real… But if it was real, the skeleton would have fallen apart long before it had time to accumulate the algae that was on it."
The fake skeleton was removed from the water so it wouldn’t fool anyone else.
It does make me wonder, though. Why was there a fake human skeleton attached to a boat chair submerged in the water?
Skeleton scare on sunken boat in Keys a hoax, Miami Herald>>