This Giant Sea Monster Washed On Shore And No One Knows What It Is

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With giant shipworms and ghost sharks providing your regular dose of viral terror, humanity seems overdue for a brush with a gnarly sea monster. Residents of Indonesia’s Maluku province were greeted by exactly that earlier this week, as an enormous creature from the depths washed onshore, giving the internet a gross, festering mystery.  

Reports have conflicted as to what the giant carcass actually is -- aside from nature's smelly and apocalyptic wrath. Several images posted to Facebook show the beast slowly rotting out, with locals surmising -- albeit not definitively -- that it's a giant squid. 

Local man Patasiwa Kumbang Amalatu posted several videos from the scene, showing the creature turn the placid water a darkened red hue. He, on the other hand, notes that the beast is a decomposing whale, according to an article in Vice Indonesia. 

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Although the discovery of a giant squid would no doubt turn heads the world over -- they're rarely seen outside of deep waters -- an expert at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum begged to differ, telling Mashable that the carcass looks more like a relative of a humpback whale than anything else. 

The rotting mystery thing is being watched by a local military unit and locals have been asked to help remove it from the area. In the meantime, it's probably worth considering whether the ocean is a metaphor for hell, and when the eternal void will devour us all like a giant beast cast from asunder. 

[h/t Mashable]

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