The remains of a mystery sea creature have washed up on a remote Indonesian beach.
Is it a giant squid or a regular sized whale? That’s the question causing considerable confusion for investigators examining an enormous 22-meter (71ft) carcass which washed up on the shores of Huamual in Indonesia.
The rotten carcass has attracted a crowd eager to debate what the mysterious carcass is – with squid and whale emerging as the front runners.
Others posting images of the carcass online believe it to be a squid but, given how badly decomposed the animal is, it’s difficult to identify.
“We will take the meat samples to be tested in the laboratory. This is to ascertain what type of animal it is,” M Nasrul Latulanit from the Office of Marine and Coastal Resources Management told Kompas.
The investigator believes the creature to be a whale, saying it was far too big to be a squid, which usually grow to around five meters, much shorter than the carcass.
Earlier this year, a mysterious hairy sea monster was found on a beach in the Philippines.
It baffled locals who speculated the two-tonne creature was a kind of rare undiscovered dugong.
It was later identified as a whale – but had developed a strange appearance due to decomposition.
If we think of the fact that the Earth is almost 71% water, it would be safe to suggest that there are some creatures living there that we don’t know much about, may be nothing at all. Is it possible that unknown sea monsters still lurk in the deep?
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