An unidentifiable sea creature, seemingly 23-feet long, has washed up on the shores of Broad Haven South Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Due to decomposing and mysterious features, samples from the remains have been sent to labs to uncover its true identity, reports The Mirror.
Photographs were shared by Marine Environmental Monitoring which show the washed up carcass without its head.
Initially, the remains were thought to be of those of a whale but later ruled out by Marine Environmental Monitoring, "On arriving it became clear that it was not a whale and instead some form of large fish."
The organisation later released a statement on Facebook saying, "due to the ongoing risk posed by COVID we have limited the amount of strandings we attend to only the more unusual ones. Thursday the 25th we got a call to a very large blob that had washed up on Broad Haven South beach. Within one of the pictures we had been provided it looked like there was a possible large roll of something within the stomach. Due to this we decided to attend."
Matthew Westfield, a CSIP stranding coordinator, later claimed the creature to be a basking shark.
"It's very difficult to tell for certain what it is because it's so badly decomposed" explained Westfield.
"Basically I got a report of a blob - a huge thing that washed up on a beach. And the lady that actually reported it to us had done a bit of research and had initially come back saying that she thought it might have been a basking shark."
The results of the testing done in the labs will reveal whether the decomposing remains of the 23-foot carcass was truly of a basking shark or something different entirely.