The creature was approximately two feet in length from head to tail, semi-decomposed yet still remarkably full of vigour; a proud stance defied its emaciation, supporting its upper body weight on two thin, outstretched arms. Grey hairs sprouted in sporadic patches from the tightly stretched skin covering its skull, a pair of glassy, melancholy orange eyes were held at odds against the somewhat manic, toothy grin exposed by the disintegration of the epidermis of the lower jaw. Each and every bone of the creature’s ribcage could be seen rippling under the surface of its sallow, leathery skin and smooth, ivory-colour flecks dappled its hide where bone had wore it thin. Past its navel the creature’s torso levelled out into one long, streamlined appendage. At just over half the length of its spine there protruded a crop of cartilaginous spires that by the presence of a thin, translucent membrane I was inclined to classify as the framework of a dorsal fin; a set of similar structures skirted its underside, ventral fins perhaps. The skin of the creature’s lower torso differed in texture from the tight pelt that hugged its upper half; it appeared loose and ill-fitting, just as the skin of a rotten apple draped over its decaying pulp. The spectacle culminated in a fan of bony spindles where like a petrified coral polyp, it had managed to amass a collection of passing dust particles with the bare remnants of its tail.