What animal is likely the so-called Indonesia ‘sea monster’?
Based on photos and shaky smartphone videos of the ‘sea monster’ that washed up on Seram Island, Indonesia, you’d think only Hollywood could dream up something so terrifying. Well, turns out this sea beast wasn’t cooked up in a motion picture studio – it comes straight from Mother Nature. Experts believe the nearly 50-foot-long creature is nothing more than a baleen whale in an advanced state of decomposition. Better luck next time, monster hunters. Source: CBS News
Whales are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic placental marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the infraorder Cetacea, usually excluding dolphins and porpoises.
Lifespan: Killer whale: 29 years, Humpback whale: 45 – 50 years, more
Mass: Killer whale: 3,600 – 5,400 kg, more Encyclopedia of Life
Length: Killer whale: 6 – 8 m, Humpback whale: 15 – 16 m, more Encyclopedia of Life
Gestation period: Killer whale: 15 – 18 months, more