Found: A Giant Decomposing Sea Creature

A local mistook the giant creature for a stranded boat

The remains of a giant squid washed up on the shores of Seram Island in Maluku province earlier this week.

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

A Facebook post from Mbs Sangadji included multiple photos and said locals are trying to get government officials or a research institution to help get rid of the remains.

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The bewildered locals believe the decaying carcass may have been a giant squid or a whale.

Tourists immeidately flocked to the beach to see the carcass as police attempted to cordon off the area. But squid aren't known to roam in these waters, and it now seems most likely it was a giant baleen whale.

Whatever it is, the 15 metre-long carcass is pretty disgusting and was still bleeding a day after it was found, according to local media.

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The massive pile of decomposing flesh measures nearly 50 feet long and has washed up onto the shore. The cause of its death is yet to be confirmed.

At least one marine scientist has confirmed that the creature is a rotting whale corpse.

It was later identified as a whale - but had developed a odd appearance due to decomposition.

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