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Friday, July 3, 2015

Sea Monster Washes Ashore in Russia

Is this a sea serpent? Some think so.
from the Siberian Times

Whatever this thing is, it's twice as big as a human. It was recently found on Sakhalin Island, in Russia. The Siberian Times website describes the strange remains:

"Judging from the remains the creature was giant and about twice the length of a human, and it had a huge nose like a bird's beak. "

Photos of the carcass have caused quite a stir on social media, and cryptozoology blogs.  

Some say the remains belong to a Ganges River dolphin, but they live in India, so how would one wash up dead in Russia? Whatever this thing is, it is covered in something that looks like hair, but is it really?

Lots of "sea serpent" carcasses turn up like this and everyone freaks out because they are covered in "hair." But, this "hair" always turns out to be something else, usually part of the animal decomposing.
The "hair"
from the Siberian Times

Nikolay Kim is Deputy Head of the Forecasting department of the Sakhalin Research Institute for Fisheries and Oceanography. Kim had comments on the dolphin theory:

"'Judging by the appearance of the head, this is clearly some big dolphin. According to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species."

Kim feels it is some kind of dolphin, but I don't think so.

Commenters on the Siberian Times website feel this thing is a dead Beaked Whale.  Maybe that is where Kim believed the dolphin theory - the whale actually does look quite similar to one.
Beaked Whales

Commenter cryptokellie on Cryptomundo had this to say about the whale theory:

"this is the remains of a large beaked whale, perhaps Bairds Beaked Whale or some other similar species. The 'hair' of course is the fibrous structure when the skin and blubber break down and decompose. This would be a small specimen since the largest beaked whales can reach over 40 feet in length and weigh over 12 tons. No mystery here."
The "sea serpent" carcass by a man.
Now check the next pic
A beached beaked whale.
Look at the fins on the carcasses.
Look similar?

Cryptokellie, you're absolutely right. It's just another "Sea serpent" that turned out to be a whale.  But, there are still strange things in the oceans!

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