Researchers identify massive creature found in Indonesia

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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