Beast of the Sea Wales | Mysterious 23ft sea beast weighing 4 tonnes washed up on UK beach
The faceless creature was found on the beach at Broad Haven South in Pembrokeshire, Wales last week. | Image: Monitoring the marine environment
Wales: A mysterious sea beast weighing four tons and spanning over 23 feet in length has washed up on a beach in Wales, UK. The faceless creature was found on the beach at Broad Haven South in Pembrokeshire, Wales last week and reported to the UK’s Cetacean Stranding Investigation Program (CSIP).
Photos of the mysterious creature appear to show the remains as a gray envelope with bone-like elements appearing through parts of the carcass. Experts could not identify the remains of the creature.
The creature’s remains had no identifiable characteristics. No heads or limbs were visible. However, CSIP’s stranding coordinator for Wales, Matthew Westfield, was able to identify a spine that was around 23 feet (seven meters) long.
“It’s very hard to say for sure what it is because it’s so badly decomposed. He died at sea and had been dead for some time before he ran aground on the beach, so he would have arrived with the ‘one of the high tides,’ Westfield was quoted by Dialy Mail.
He said: “Basically the whole head element was either broken down or missing or pointed in the wrong direction. We couldn’t say, ‘Okay, there is the head element,’ we so think it could have been longer. “
He continued, “The lady who reported it to us did a bit of research and came back first saying she thought it might be a basking shark. the photos we didn’t initially expect due to the size and because basking sharks are rare to find stranded on beaches around Wales. “
Westfield added: “We initially thought it would be a whale, but when we got there and did a review it became clear that it certainly wasn’t. The initial clue was there. smell like rotten fish. fish smell different from decaying whales. Then we got closer and looked at the bone structure which indicated that it was definitely not a whale and that it was would be a kind of fish. “
He believes these are the remains of a basking shark, however, he is not sure as it could be other species such as the whale shark.
Samples of the remains that had already started to decompose were sent for testing at the Natural History Museum and London Zoo.
Westfield added: “It’s completely impossible to say what the cause of death was. It could be anything from his age, to bycatch, to injuries to anything else.”
The remains must now either be buried where they are, or taken from the beach in pieces, or left for nature to take its course.