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According to the Jakarta Globe, the 50-foot-long creature washed up on Hulung Beach on Seram Island. Discovered by Asrul Tuanakota, experts first thought the creature was some type of giant squid (although Tuanakota initially believed it was a stranded boat because of its massive size).
“There is lots of stuff in the ocean that we don't know about — but there's nothing that big,” said Alexander Werth, a whale biologist working at Virginia’s Hampden-Sydney College. Werth says it’s not a squid at all, but a baleen whale.
Perhaps the grossest part of it was that the sea creature was in a late stage of decay, which made it unidentifiable to local experts.
Experts say that when a large whale like this one dies, it usually sinks to the bottom of the sea. In this case, that clearly didn’t happen. Werth says that when whales die in warm waters, they’re more likely to float to the surface—and to wash up on shore with the tide.
Researchers have taken tissue samples to learn more about what happened to the whale, because it’s actually pretty rare to find a whale that’s died of natural causes.
Typically, whales sink and become part of a thriving ecosystem on the ocean floor, feeding scavengers and even serving as a new home for coral.
What Do You Think?
Did you catch the mystery on the news, before experts identified the creature as a whale? What would you do if you discovered something like this on the beach? I’d love to hear your take on it, so please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or Twitter.
A huge creature washed up on an Indonesian Beach in April made serious waves, with some people—especially those who saw it first-hand—claiming that it was a mysterious, as-yet-undiscovered sea monster.
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