Mysterious carcass stinks up Malaysian beach

I feel obligated to pass along reports of all mystery carcasses. So here is the latest. Not much to look at.

Mysterious creature washed up in Santubong – New Straits Times.

A remains of an unidentified sea creature was found washed up at Pantai Pasir Pandak in Santubong earlier this morning.

“The creature is three meters long and it is stranded 50 meters away from the water. It is my first time seeing this creature as I am not sure the species of it,” said Hamzah.

Well, you can’t really tell what it is by just looking. It’s a blob. Likely whale or large shark since remains of these animals become rather unrecognizable after decomposing for a long stretch in the water.

It’s not news but, as usual, it makes the rounds on mystery sites. So, just FYI, it’s not a mutant, new species or much of a mystery. It’s remains of a dead thing.

And, as such, it smells pretty bad. It will be removed and will be apparently examined by local zoologist.

Remains of an unknown animal washed up on shore. Photo Credit: Mas Adib Saie

Remains of an unknown animal washed up on shore. Photo Credit: Mas Adib Saie

  4 comments for “Mysterious carcass stinks up Malaysian beach

  1. Walter Turner
    January 2, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    How long must we wait for a cell phone app that will give an on-the-spot DNA analysis?
    Now that I’ve written that, it seems someone else asked the same thing once. If so, I apologize for the plagiarism.

  2. SmOakley
    January 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Obviously, this is a juvenile megalodon that has been hunted by mermen. Watch for the mockumentary on Animal Planet…. Go Triton!

  3. Markus
    January 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    No need for DNA analysis – except you want to know the exact species. I thought before that to see processes of a mammalian vertebra and looking at the back of the supposed head openings which IMO belong a whale’s skull. But then this article of the Borneo Post shows two further pictures including the skull. Its clearly a whale. http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/12/29/carcass-of-unknown-sea-creature-washed-ashore/

  4. February 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    The final examination of the remains showed it was in fact a long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas), and not – as initially reported – a baby Bryde whale. I still wonder how somebody could think it was a Bryde whale, as the remains were not only too small even for a juvenile of this species, but also because the skull showed clearly that it belonged to an odontocete, and even the first published photos showed enough of the skull to indicate the later confirmed ID of a long-finned pilot whale, a species which is also known to occur in this area.

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