A fossil of an ichthyosaurs was found by Joe Davis of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust during a routine draining of a Lagoon Island at Rutland water reservoir in February 2021
The fossil of the ichthyosaur was found in the midlands and it’s thought to have lived 180 million years ago. The skeleton measures 10 metres in length and the skull weighs 1000 kg making the largest and most compete fossil of its kind found in the United Kingdom.
Ichthyosaurs were marine reptiles which first appeared 250 million years ago. They went extinct 90 million years ago they were all different sizes and some of them were 25 metres in length and they mostly resembled dolphins with their body shape