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Mystery Creature Baffles Scientists!

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Nujnuj Capistrano, 42, photographed the beast after spotting it as he was passing the beach.

He said: “I was just passing by the beach and took some photos but I don’t know about the details. I was surprised because it’s too big and it’s the first time I saw that kind of creature.

“I don’t know what they did with it but one thing is for sure, the creature was already dead when I saw it. The smell was too bad. I can’t describe it, but it was a bad smell.”

Full story: http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/mystery-sea-creature-baffles-scientists-after-washing-up-on-beach-in-the-philippines/news-story/83c430ce697846006188b5b9d9506761

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Boffins Baffled, Bothered and Bewildered by Mystery Monster! It might be a Globster. or perhaps a Mobster. 

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it's a dead whale ....

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2 hours ago, Essan said:

it's a dead whale ....

Not only that it's a stinking dead whale

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Passing such a smell makes me wonder how people were able to work in whale rendering stations where you were surrounded by piles of rotting carcasses and rendering the fat for the whale oil. It must have been insanely stinky with hordes of flies, maggots, carrion beetles, vultures, and thick bacterial mats all over the place.

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45 minutes ago, stereologist said:

Passing such a smell makes me wonder how people were able to work in whale rendering stations where you were surrounded by piles of rotting carcasses and rendering the fat for the whale oil. It must have been insanely stinky with hordes of flies, maggots, carrion beetles, vultures, and thick bacterial mats all over the place.

When we were out birding early one morning a couple of years ago we could see gulls flocking round somthing,a good chance to see an unusual gull we thought it turned out to be a long dead harbour porpoise that had washed up on that mornings tide,the stench was horrendous and that was just a little porpoise 

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10 hours ago, stereologist said:

Passing such a smell makes me wonder how people were able to work in whale rendering stations where you were surrounded by piles of rotting carcasses and rendering the fat for the whale oil. It must have been insanely stinky with hordes of flies, maggots, carrion beetles, vultures, and thick bacterial mats all over the place.

And that was just from the sailors who hadn't bathed in months.

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Which scientists were baflled - any of them 'marine biologist-y' ones?  The answer, for anyone who, like me, tends not to visit these clickbait stories much - is NONE.  No scientists of any kind were actually consulted - "Julius Alpino" clearly isn't one, as (according to the media) he thinks such things cannot be identified once they start decomposing... - which is absolute ignorant hogwash.  If he really said that I suspect he was lying his backside off simply to avoid the expense of doing a proper analysis..

 

Such is the quality of media reporting (terms used extremely loosely) today...

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They'll all have a whale of a time figuring this one out.  

"Julius Alpino, from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, said the corpse could not be identified because it was already decomposing".

Let me rephrase this for them:

"Julius Alpino, some dude working the desk at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, said the corpse could not be identified because that wouldn't attract tourists".

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Any scientist baffled by this needs to have their...scientist license? revoked immediately.

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3 hours ago, The Narcisse said:

Any scientist baffled by this needs to have their...scientist license? revoked immediately.

Excellent idea. 

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So if I side with these scientists can I call myself one?

 

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On 9/27/2017 at 0:34 AM, ChrLzs said:

Which scientists were baflled - any of them 'marine biologist-y' ones?  The answer, for anyone who, like me, tends not to visit these clickbait stories much - is NONE.  No scientists of any kind were actually consulted - "Julius Alpino" clearly isn't one, as (according to the media) he thinks such things cannot be identified once they start decomposing... - which is absolute ignorant hogwash.  If he really said that I suspect he was lying his backside off simply to avoid the expense of doing a proper analysis..

 

Such is the quality of media reporting (terms used extremely loosely) today...

Lol glad you cleared That up... I was beginning to think "baffled" was par for the course on scientist! Lol

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...dead whale

What kind of whale?

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7 hours ago, Agishe said:

What kind of whale?

A sperm whale.

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2 hours ago, Agishe said:

Excuse me, but this is not the answer.
What are the signs of this?

What are the signs it isn't?

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What are the signs it isn't?

Sorry for my english.:(

What signs indicate that this is a dead sperm whale?

Do not observe any similarity between the Philippine subject and the dead sperm whales in google search.

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Posted (edited)

In the world of journalism, "scientist" and "baffled" are ham and eggs.

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16 hours ago, I'mConvinced said:

A sperm whale.

After I looked at the enlarged images, I think you are right.

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On 9/26/2017 at 9:34 PM, ChrLzs said:

Which scientists were baflled - any of them 'marine biologist-y' ones?  The answer, for anyone who, like me, tends not to visit these clickbait stories much - is NONE.  No scientists of any kind were actually consulted - "Julius Alpino" clearly isn't one, as (according to the media) he thinks such things cannot be identified once they start decomposing... - which is absolute ignorant hogwash.  If he really said that I suspect he was lying his backside off simply to avoid the expense of doing a proper analysi

Well, if someone called the news wires about a decomposing whale carcass seen on a beach in the Phillippines, it might not viral and become a lure to websites that sell whatever they sell.  Mysterious giant sea monsters sell a lot more male enhancement  products than rotting blubber. (Not the image they want in your mind when they are trying to sell you a product.)

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The Philippines. Why is everyone always so confused about stuff that washes up in the Philippines? Do they have substandard education there or something?

I thought "Whale" after looking at the pic for like 5 seconds. So many similar pics have come out, and to my knowledge, every one a whale. Whale sharks and basking sharks look a bit different.

It could be a part of one of Cthulu's toes, which got dislodged when he stepped on some non-euclidean cyclopian masonry. Isn't he submerged somewhere in the South Pacific?

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On 01/10/2017 at 9:12 AM, Agishe said:

Sorry for my english.:(

What signs indicate that this is a dead sperm whale?

Do not observe any similarity between the Philippine subject and the dead sperm whales in google search.

Google "decomposing whale carcasses".  The shapes and appearances vary enormously and depend on how it has been predated, how long it has been decomposing, the angle of the photos etc, etc.

Frankly I couldn't give a toss whether it's a whale carcass or a giant squid or whatever - without detailed photographs and a bit of luck, eg an identifying feature of the animal being exposed, it is not possible to be certain from images like those.  The point of the responses to this thread is that NO scientists were baffled - it would take a REAL marine biologist (one who specialised in larger animals) about twenty minutes at most to identify - perhaps a little more to be absolutely sure by doing dna tests..  

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There must be tons of dead sea monsters floating around out there.

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