"Sea Monster" That Washed Up on Beach Is Not What It Appears To Be

People were freaked out on a remote Indonesia island when a massive creature washed up on the beach. People believed it was a dead sea monster and some panic ensued. A new report says it's not a monster at all; it's just a whale.

The marine creature landed on Hulung Beach on Seram Island when a resident spotted it lying on the beach. At about 50 feet long, the individual first thought it was a boat. As he got closer, he realized it was the remains of some kind of creature. The dead creature was leaking some strange, orange-colored blood.

Alexander Werth, a whale biologist at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, has declared that the 'monster' is not some scary cryptid; it's a baleen whale.

Werth pointed out the 'throat pleats' on the upper jaw of the creature, grooves that are a telltale sign of the baleen whale. Plates on the upper jaw also have been identified as the baleen that the whale uses to filter food out of its mouth.

Some scientists offer that it might be a blue whale or a Bryde's whale, but it's in such a bad state of decomposition that it's hard to identify the creature by looking at it. They estimate it has been dead for at least a couple of weeks, and perhaps as long as several months. Some parts of the whale's carcass have been inflated with gasses due to decomposition bacteria, which is why the animal is so hard to identify.

Large whales usually sink to the bottom of the sea when they die, but under the right conditions, the gasses can get trapped inside the creature, causing it to blow up like a flotation device. It'll then float with the current until it comes to rest on shore somewhere. This is particularly common in warm climates because the warm weather accelerates the growth of the gas-causing bacteria.

"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 gasses," Werth said.

As for the orange blood, Werth says it’s probably red blood mixed with whale oil dripping out of the creature, making the odd-color liquid. Again, nothing mysterious about it.

"There is lots of stuff in the ocean that we don't know about — but there's nothing that big,” Werth said.

Source: Live Science
Photo: Patasiwa Kumbang Amalatu/YouTube

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