A mysterious creature has washed up on a Russian sea shore,Â baffling locals and scientists alike, due to its bizarre appearance, which has given way to several very interesting theories.
The remains were first discovered after washing up onÂ Sakhalin Island in an extreme state of decomposition, with its skeleton visible. Although the creature seemed to share the same characteristics of a dolphin, the very thick layer of hair on the creature’s body quickly ruled out that possibility, as dolphins have no hair.
â€œAccording to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species,â€ said Nikolay Kim, deputy head of the Forecasting Department at the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography. â€œI doubt that it lived in our waters. Most likely, the animal was brought by a warm current.Â We often get tropical and subtropical species here and when they cool down they stay here and then die.â€
Kim believes that it could be some type of dolphin, but later contradicted himself by noting that dolphins do not have fur.
Locals in the area are completely freaked at the site of the creature, concocting several theories of their own.
â€œIt looks like some mutant sea monster with a beak,â€ one man noted.
Although dolphins have hair around their mouths when they are first born, the hair falls off within the first two weeks of life.Â Some have suggested that the creature could be a wooly mammoth, while others have pointed out that the “fur” might actually be algae which had grown and covered the carcass over time.
ButÂ Professor David Smith of Marine Biology at Essex University believes that the body is not of a dolphin at all, but that ofÂ an extinct animal whose carcass thawed from the permafrost. Professor Alex Rogers ofÂ Conservation Biology at Oxford University echoed these sentiments, suggesting that the decayed animal was aÂ â€œvery decomposed mammoth probably released from the ice somewhere and ending up floating in the sea.â€
Pretty crazy! What do you think this mysterious creature could possibly be?
H/TÂ [IFL Science]