A huge monstrous creature that landed ashore on a remote Indonesian beach, wrapped in a mysterious red liquid, probably a whale in an advanced state of decomposition, according to experts.
The sea creature nearly 50 feet long and lying on the beach on the island of Seram Hulung, Indonesia, and was first discovered by a 37-year-old local resident, Asrul Tuanakota, who initially deceived a ship’s creature, The Jakarta Globe newspaper.
Despite the strange appearance of gout, it is clearly a whale, said Alexander Werth, a whale biologist at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.
“There are many things in the ocean that we do not know – but it’s nothing out of this world” remains unknown, Werth said.
Two dead drawings revealed that the creature was a whale, Werth said, slots or “throat folds” and the upper jaw where the two racks of ball plates, used to filter the food into the whale’s mouth would have been. [Photos whale: Giants of the deep]
Although scientists can say with certainty that the whale belongs to the genus Balaenoptera, it is not clear exactly what species it is: it could be a blue whale, a Bryde said Werth. However, Bryde’s whales usually are not that big. The creature could also be an ordinary whale, said Moe Flannery, chief of ornithology and mammal biology collections at the California Academy of Sciences.
The beached whale is clearly in advanced state of decomposition and was probably dead everywhere from two weeks to several months, said Werth and Flannery. And the decomposition gases produced by bacteria associated inflated segments of the canal like a balloon, Werth said.
“There has to be a higher paradigm,” said Werth to Live Science.
Whale whales generally have many bacteria in their intestines that produce gas, said Werth. They continue to reproduce once the whale died, creating a bad odor and inflating the body, he said.
“This is another reason why he does not want to be around these things, not because he is a frightening and frightening creature, but [because] he would release enough harmful gases,” Werth said.
Although the smell of whale decomposition is not dangerous in itself, people should not bathe or drink water nearby, he added.
Normally, when a massive whale dies, it sinks to the bottom of the ocean, where the body serves as a banquet for a year or two for the entire ecosystem of worms, lampreys, sharks and other sea creatures, Werth said.
However, if a ship has spread through the animal, causing internal injuries that do not allow the gas to escape, or if the whale had a bacterial infection that produces huge amounts of gas, the animal could inflate like a balloon – enough to Float on the shore, Werth told me. On the other hand, this unfortunate whale may simply be dead in hot waters that tend to feed more bacterial growth. This, too, could produce enough gas quickly after death for the animal floats instead of sinking, Werth said.
“If she dies in very cold polar waters, there is a greater likelihood that she will sink,” Werth said.
This phenomenon is not unique to whales: two human bodies that were probably submerged during colder weather were appeared in a pond in New York’s Central Park during warmer weather, Werth said.
The tides or currents may explain why the floating whale carcass dropped to the ground, Werth said