Mystery surrounds huge slimy creature washed up on beach

Dead Giant Squid Washes Up On Seram Island In Maluku

Residents have meanwhile asked the government to help them remove the remains of the squid as it already started to decay.

Residents have since flocked to see the giant carcass, which was estimated to have died more than three days ago.

An analysis of the images concluded that the find was actually the remains of a basking shark.

The massive pile of decomposing flesh measures nearly 50 feet long and has washed up onto the shore.

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

Initial speculation had assumed it may be a giant squid, but those assumptions have mostly been dismissed. But squid aren't known to roam in these waters, and it now seems most likely it was a giant baleen whale.

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

"Spoilers: It's a rotten whale carcass", tweeted Andrew Thaler.

"According to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species", said Kim. "I can confidently say that this is some kind of a dolphin".

Another mysterious, two ton sea creature washed up on a shore in the Philippines earlier in 2017.

Others who viewed the footage suggested it was a decomposing humpback whale.

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