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Human Skeleton Found By Keys Fisherman Turns Out To Be Fake (PHOTO)

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Monroe County Sheriff

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking and the re-release of James Cameron's blockbuster have everyone on edge about finding old bones in the sea.

And after last week's haunting photos of actual human remains found entombed in mud at the wreckage site of the Titanic, who could blame fishermen for spying sinister things under the waves?

For instance, on Monday, a sponge fisherman in the Keys came across what he thought was an upright human skeleton torso fused onto a captain's chair about three feet underwater.

Of course, around these parts, it's less likely the remains of a luxury cruise disaster and more probably associated with nefarious drug-running or desperate immigration attempts.

The fisherman called the Monroe County's Sheriff's Office at 1 a.m. to report the odd sighting.

A Monroe County detective and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer took a ride out to Archer Key, where the fisherman said he saw what look to be then sunken human remains.

But once the captain's chair was brought on board their boat, it became apparent that the yellowed ribs, spine and pelvis were actually plastic.

“It looks pretty real,” Monroe County Detective Manny Cuervo said in a release, “but if it was real, the skeleton would have fallen apart long before it had time to accumulate all the algae that was on it.”

While there was no harm with it staying underwater, officials took it away to avoid additional speculation by curious boaters.

“We removed it from the water so we don’t get any more calls about it in the future.”

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