Mysterious rotting sea creature washes up in Indonesia

Residents baffled by strange animal decomposing on island

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An image shared online of an enormous sea creature that washed up on the shore of an Indonesian island has people across the world scratching their heads.

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The mysterious sea creature recently washed up 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.

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According to the Jakarta Globe, the 49-foot dead creature was discovered by a resident of Seram Island.

Marine experts told HuffPost that the animal appears to be some sort of baleen whale.

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said: "Giant squid are invertebrates and there are clearly bones visible (jaw, skull, vertebrate) so I am very comfortable saying it's some type of rorqual whale.

"Certain species of baleen whales (rorquals) have 'ventral grooves' which run from their chin to their belly button. It is stretchy tissue that expands when they feed."

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