A almost 50-foot sea creature that washed up on the shore of a remote beach in Indonesia has led many to wonder: what is it?
Local man Asrul Tuanakota, 37, first spotted the creature near Hulung village on the shores of Malaku province's Seram Island on Tuesday night.
The residents of Seram Island called on the national government to help them clear out and identify the remains of the creature as it had started to decay.
Initial speculation had assumed it may be a giant squid, but those assumptions have mostly been dismissed. In terms of size, both sperm whales and giant squids would seem to match, as both can reach similar lengths, though if the squid theory proves true it would be a particularly large specimen.
It is thought to be almost 50 feet (15 meters) long and 6-7 meters wide. It's thought to have died a few days before washing ashore, but its cause of death is unclear.
At least one marine scientist has confirmed that the creature is a rotting whale corpse.
It baffled locals who speculated the two-tonne creature was a kind of rare undiscovered dugong.
The carcass is actually a whale, which took on an alien-like appearance thanks to decomposition.