Giant Sea Monster Found By Chinese On Guangdong, China Beach

By on Jun 23, 2011 in Amazing, Asia, Science, World Comments

A 55 footsea monster,’ weighing approximately 4.5 tons, has been discovered washed up on a beach in Guangdong, China, according to reports by several international news sites on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

Reports mentioned that the sea beast was found wrapped in fishing lines, and local officials believed that fishermen cut it free from their nets because it was too big to haul in.

Marine biology experts, Scott Baker, of Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute, Bill Perrin of National Marine Fisheries Service, and Bob Brownell of National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration’s Fisheries Service, concluded that based on the throat grooves, the creature is a whale.

Judging from the reported size of 55 ft, it’s maybe a fin whale. From the photo, however, it does not really look to be 55 ft, and so might be a smaller balaenopterid, like one of the Bryde’s whales”, said Scott Baker in a statement.

“We all hope somebody collects the bones and a tissue sample for genetic analysis as recovery of whale carcasses is rare along the coast of China,” Baker added.

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