A nearly 50-foot sea creature that washed up on the shore of a remote beach in Indonesia has led many to wonder what it is.
The mysterious carcass was initially discovered on May 9 by Asrul Tuanakota, 37, who mistook it for a boat, the Daily Mail reports. The creature washed up at Hulung Beach on Seram island in the Maluku province.
The remains have sparked the curiosity of locals, many of whom speculated the creature might be a giant squid. Residents who live nearby asked authorities to remove the carcass, because it was beginning to rot.
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In a video shared by the Indonesian Army's Facebook page, a man muses on what the creature could be, according to Vice.
"A giant squid has washed ashore in the island of Seram, in Hulung village," says the man in the video. "From the looks of it, it's unclear how many people can fit in this creature. If it eats people. This is a rare animal. It's length is more or less [32 feet]."
Someone then corrects the man, telling him that the creature is around 50 feet long.
A video by another user claimed it is the decomposing remains of a whale.
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"This is a humpback whale," said YouTube user Patasiwa Kumbang Amalatu. "These aren't tusks. This is its mouth, but it's covered with decomposed skin."
The creature is believed to have been dead for at least three days, according to News.com.au.
At least one marine scientist has confirmed that it is a rotting whale corpse.
"Spoilers: It's a rotten whale carcass," tweeted Andrew Thaler.
Another marine expert had a different opinion, stating that the carcass was a large dolphin.
"Judging by the appearance of the head, this is clearly some big dolphin," said Nikolay Kim, the deputy head of the Forecasting Department at the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography in Russia, according to the Independent.
"According to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species," said Kim. "I doubt that it lived in our waters. Most likely, the animal was brought by the warm current."
"We often get tropical and subtropical species here, and when they cool down, they stay here and then die," Kim added. "I can confidently say that this is some kind of a dolphin. However, it has fur. It’s unusual. Dolphins do not have any fur."
Another mysterious, 2-ton sea creature washed up on a shore in the Philippines earlier in 2017, reports the Daily Mail. Locals guessed that the creature, which was covered with hair, was an undiscovered species of dugong, a type of marine mammal.
The remains were later reported to be from a whale that had decomposed.