The remains of at least three whales have mysteriously washed up on different beaches across Ghana.
Locals had gathered on the beaches at Kokrobite, Asanta and Kikam to get a closer look. Two of the animals were immediately identifiable as whales while the third sparked claims of a cryptozoological mystery with pictures generating headlines that a "mysterious creature" had been discovered.
Initial guess, from these first photos anyway, humpback whale. The fins share a similar bumpy look and it looks like the animal has ridges on the paler parts, which a humpback has to reduce drag as it swims.
As DecoNoir guessed it is a humpback whale. The fin is clearly giving the answer and also the rests of the longitudal folds of skin right which all rorquals own. As it ceratinly would be much more difficult if we only had the first picture it is nice to learn: never trust one "monster" picture alone!
This is already solved. It was a shark as I wrote elsewhere long before the Florida shark expert Deam Grubbs was questioned and acknowledged it http://www.livescien...=51462711071794). There is a vertebral column, hypochondral rays of the tail and the pectoral girdle of a shark. There are more pictures which show that the body and the "head" with the "horns" are separated. From the story we knew that the carcass was found in two pieces in the water and then brought to the strand. So this is why the pectoral girdle is placed at this position.
Before anyone speculates (partially ignoring what was written before): No it wasn't an oarfish. Its clearly an shark. No, it wasn't an frilled shark. Its too long and too massive for this species. No, there's no reason to speculate it was a prehistoric frilled shark. No, we don't know the exact species as there is more than one shark species out there who could be responsible for this carcass. But no, this doesn't mean it was a prehistoric shark species.