The carcass of a 55-foot sea monster washed up on a beach in China. The 4.5 ton mass of flesh appeared on the province of Guangdong in southern China. Identifying the sea creature has become a challenge for marine biologists, due to decay. Most experts believe that the China sea monster is a marine mammal, with the greatest likelihood being that it is a fin whale. While oceanography debates with fisheries service, as the beast was tangled in fishing nets, nobody is exactly certain what the monster was when it lived?

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Guangdong is one of China′s largest and richest provinces. Major cities such as Hong Kong, Macao, and Shenzhen are located along its coast. Strange creatures have washed up on beaches before. Giant squids, for example, have never been seen alive in their environment. But from time to time, the carcass of a dead one winds up on a beach or even entangled in deep sea fishing nets. Some of these squids found have been over 50 feet in length. Extending their tentacles fully, one such carcass found in Newfoundland was nearly 100 feet long.

The 55 foot sea monster found on a beach in Guangdong province, China has many heads scratching. Several experts from the United States, Scott Baker, Bill Perrin and Bob Brownell, are quite convinced that the China sea monster is a marine mammal. Baker, who studies marine mammals at Oregon State University, is not entirely convinced that the sea creature is a fin whale. He thinks it may be another balaenopterid, known as Bryde′s whale. All three scientists, Perrin from the National Marine Fisheries Service and Brownell from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, all agree that it is a type of whale known as a balaenopterid due to grooves on the creature′s throat. This group includes more well known types of whales, such as humpbacks and the giant blue whale. They share in common baleen, a fine mesh to strain the seas for krill and other small food, as well as the longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small, pointed dorsal fin on the back spine. Whatever the creature was, the China sea monster is now a whale of a tale!