Antlers of extinct giant Irish Elk found at the bottom of a lake

Magnificent animal roamed the country 7,000 years ago and then died out

Raymond McElroy pictured with the antlers and skull of a Great Irish Elk, taken up today by a net in Lough Neagh. Photograph: Ardboe Gallery, Facebook

Raymond McElroy pictured with the antlers and skull of a Great Irish Elk, taken up today by a net in Lough Neagh. Photograph: Ardboe Gallery, Facebook

Fishermen Raymond McElroy and Charlie Coyle thought their nets had snagged on an old piece of dead tree at the bottom of Lough Neagh.

It had been a bad night’s fishing and when they ventured out to their nets on the lake at 4.30am, they found they had caught no fish, yet the net was straining.

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