Massive sea creature washes up on Indonesian island - but what is it?
A giant carcass found washed up on a beach in Indonesia’s central Maluku province puzzled locals and authorities trying to identify the massive creature.
The carcass was found on Hulung Beach on Serum Island on Tuesday night by a local man, according to the Jakarta Globe reported.
Asrur Anakotta(37) said that he initially mistook the huge fleshy blob for a stranded boat, the newspaper reported.
Locals first shared images of the carcass, measuring about 15 metres in length, on Wednesday. The animal is believed to have been dead for at least three days before being discovered.
According to local reports, fishermen believed it to be a giant squid, but a coordinator of Indonesia’s Marine and Coastal Resources Management said it was likely to be a whale. Lab tests are underway to confirm the species.