News.com.au THE remains of a giant sea creature washed up on the shores of Seram Island has shocked locals. The bloodied monster was discovered by a local identified as Asrul Tuanakota, 37, on Tuesday evening, according to a statement obtained by Beritasatu.com. But it’s believed the creature has been dead for at least three days. Mr Tuanakota said he mistook the creature for a stranded boat. The Jakarta Globe reports it’s believed the 15-metre long creature is a giant squid. But a co-ordinator of Indonesia’s Marine and Coastal Resources Management said it was likely to be a whale, Storyful reports. Lab tests are underway to confirm the species, the co-ordinator said. One local shared images and videos of the carcass, found on Huamual beach in west Maluku province. The monster has started to decay prompting residents to urge the government to have its remains quickly removed. The cause of the creature’s death remains a mystery.
The decomposing remains of a gigantic and bloody sea creature washed up on the shore in Indonesia, which immediately led to reports of a sea monster, and speculation from internet detectives regarding the identity of the creature. The creature is believed to be about 45-feet-long, and opinions vary about what the creature was in life, with some suggesting the corpse of a giant squid or a whale or an animal undiscovered by science. As a internet detective myself, I would identify this creature as a “globster” which is defined as “an unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water. A globster is distinguished from a normal beached carcass by being hard to identify, at least by initial untrained observers, and by creating controversy as to its identity.” Based on what I can tell from pictures, I would guess that this creature was once a whale, which was scavenged upon and in a state of decomposition when it washed up on the beach. Seeing a globster really makes you understand how primitive humans could have believed that there were indeed sea monsters out there. Samples of this creature have been sent for genetic testing, which will give a positive identity, which I expect will be a large whale. However, I’m holding out hope it’s a unidentifiable creature, new to science. That would be fun, and I do believe that unidentified creatures do still lurk in the ocean depths, I just don’t think this is one of these sea monsters.
UPDATED: New pictures seem to support that the creature is indeed a decomposing whale: