Sailors Spot A Mysterious Sea Creature Floating Near Their Boat, But What Is It?
According to this Redditor, there were two characteristics of the carcass that gave it away
According to him, the blackened skin and vertebrae of the carcass made a good case for it being a basking shark.
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Other animal experts disagreed.
It seems the opinions on what this animal could have been when it was alive were divided.
One biologist actually thought it was a whale.
The Huffington Post reached out to Dr. Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for a second opinion.
Here's what Griggs had to say:
"From my knowledge and experience with whales and their skeletons, it is clearly a whale. Although with the condition of the body, it’s difficult for me to determine what kind of whale."
Strange that an animal could decompose to the point of being virtually unrecognizable.
But whatever it is -- or was, rather, it's certainly a fascinating find.
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