Massive creature washes up on Indonesia's Serum Island - but what is it?

by Fredrick Graves May 13, 2017, 0:50
Massive creature washes up on Indonesia's Serum Island - but what is it?

A giant sea creature washed up on Indonesia's Maluku province and people do not know what kind of animal it is.

A local resident, 37-year-old Asrul Tuanakota, is said to have discovered it on the night of Tuesday, May 9.

Residents have asked authorities to help remove the decaying remains.

In a video shared by the Indonesian Army's Facebook page, a man muses on what the creature could be, according to Vice. But as he approached, he could see more clearly: whatever this was, it had once been alive.

The reason for the giant squid washing up on the shore is still unknown, but it is believed to have been dead for at least three days before it was found.

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It is thought to be almost 50 feet (15 meters) long and 6-7 meters wide. But squid aren't known to roam in these waters, and it now seems most likely it was a giant baleen whale.

A video by another user argued that the creature is the decomposed remains of a whale.

A group of marine scientists have reportedly taken samples of the creature in a bid to identify it.

Locals have flocked to glimpse the 15-metre monstrosity, which is so big it was initially mistaken for a stricken fishing boat.

Others who viewed the footage suggested it was a decomposing humpback whale.


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