49 foot long dead squid washes up Indonesian beach

Posted May 13, 2017

Locals are sharing photos and video of what appears to be the carcass of a massive sea creature that washed onto a beach in Maluku, Indonesia.

On Serum Island, part of Indonesia's Maluku province, a 37-year-old man was walking down the beach at night, when he saw a unusual shape in the water.

The mysterious carcass was initially discovered on May 9 by Asrul Tuanakota, 37, who mistook it for a ship, Daily Mail reports.

The animal is just the latest huge creature to have baffled onlookers by washing ashore in recent months.

The giant creature is believed to have been dead for at least three days by the time it was spotted on the shores.

This creature is far too large to be a squid of any type.

Some local fishermen believe the creature to be a giant squid, while some speculate it to be a giant octopus.

A group of marine scientists have reportedly taken samples of the creature in a bid to identify it.

Local residents have traveled to Hulung Beach to see the animal for themselves.

Meanwhile, residents are hoping the government will remove the carcass as it is already starting to decay. It was eventually thought to be some form of dolphin, with a representative from the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, Nikolay Kim, saying, "I can confidently say that this is some kind of a dolphin".

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