While many of us envisioned the world going out in a wicked blaze of glory, sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the way things will go. Instead, we have to settle for this massive beast that just washed up on the shore of Indonesia’s Maluku province.
In a series of unnerving YouTube videos, local Patasiwa Kumbang Amalatu has detailed the decay of what looks like a liopleurodon wrapped in very old skin. In one of the videos, Amalatu postulates that this is a humpback whale covered in its own decomposing flesh, according to Vice.
“This is a humpback whale,” he said. “These aren’t tusks. This is its mouth, but it’s covered with decomposed skin.”
A Facebook video posted by the Indonesian army, meanwhile, declares the rotting sea creature to be a giant squid. But a museum officer at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum agreed with Amalatu, telling Mashable that the carcass is probably a baleen whale.
In another video, ostensibly taken later, the skin-beast looks darker and more decayed. Obviously, it’s nightmare fuel:
While there’s no official confirmation on what this thing is or who’s going to take it out of the water, one thing’s for sure: as signs of the End Times go, it can’t be worse than this. [Vice, Mashable]
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