Researchers have concluded the massive sea creature that washed up on a beach in Indonesia last week is most likely a whale.
The 50-foot-long decomposed creature washed up on Hulung Beach on Seram Island and was discovered by a local man, Asrul Tuanakota. The Jakarta Globe reports Tuanakota initially thought the animal was a boat.
Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation told the Huffington Post that the creature was most likely a type of baleen whale since it had visible bones. Squids, which some fisherman in the area thought the carcass could be, are invertebrates.
“So, I am very comfortable saying it’s some type of rorqual whale,” Asmutis-Silviasaid.
Alexander Werth, a whale biologist at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, agreed, and added it likely stinks “to high heaven.”
“That’s yet another reason you don’t want to be close to these things, not because it’s a scary, spooky creature, but [because] it would just be releasing some pretty foul, noxious gases,” Werth said.
H/T: USA Today
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