A mysterious sea creature washed up on shore in Indonesia recently and started decomposing, which made it very difficult to tell what it was. The Indonesian Army originally identified it as a giant squid, but it sounds like it might actually be a large whale that decomposed very quickly under the hot Indonesian sun. Whatever it is, people are freaking out over it and will be scared to go in the water this summer after seeing what it looks like.
It’s supposedly close to 50 feet long, making it much bigger than the average of its species, but is it a giant squid? Indonesian media claims that it is, but there have been more than a few to dispute this description, with experts claiming that the huge carcass found washed up on the shore of Seram Island is actually a beached whale.
The original report comes from the Jakarta Globe, which wrote on Wednesday that a Seram Island man had spotted the giant squid on Tuesday evening. Originally thinking the creature was a stranded boat, the man would later discover that it was something more peculiar — an animal that’s been described as a giant squid by Indonesian press, largely due to the presence of what looked to be tentacles.
The 49-foot-long (15 meters) animal may have already been dead for “at least three days” before it was sighted, and as its carcass was already decaying at the time of the Jakarta Globe report, Seram Island residents have asked Indonesian officials to help them remove the creature’s remains.
According to National Geographic, giant squids measure about 33 feet and weigh 440 pounds on average. As they tend to make their home in the deep seas, it’s been hard for scientists to learn more about these animals, and most of what we know about them is based on sightings of giant squids washed up on beaches. National Geographic’s fact sheet adds that the largest giant squid found measured 59 feet and weighed close to a ton — that’s close to the length of the recently sighted, yet purported giant squid.
Indonesia has helped make the photo of this beached animal go viral, especially with one of its leading publications calling it an actual “giant squid.” But recent reports now claim that the creature was, in fact, a whale – a similarly large animal, but as far as you can get from a squid.
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