Wednesday, May 18 2022
All Cities
Choose Your City
'The possession of Siberia's natural wealth has become vital in determining Russia’s position in the world'
W.Bruce Lincoln

Remains of sea creature washed up in Far East

By Anna Liesowska
30 June 2015

With fur on its tail and twice the size of a human being, no one yet knows what the animal is.

Judging from the remains the creature was giant and about twice the length of a human, and it had a huge nose like a bird’s beak. Picture: SakhalinMedia

The remains of an unidentified sea animal with fur on its tail have been washed ashore in the Far East. Found near the airport at Shakhtersk, on Sakhalin Island, its appearance is unlike anything ever found in Russia.

Judging from the remains the creature was giant and about twice the length of a human, and it had a huge nose like a bird’s beak.

Pictures of the carcass have created a stir on social media after being taken by local people and posted online.

Hairy creature on Sakhalin


Ganges River Dolphin

Some have claim the remains belong to a Ganges River dolphin from India, because of the long body and narrow beak nose. Pictures: SakhalinMedia, ianimal.ru

Some have claim the remains belong to a Ganges River dolphin from India, because of the long body and narrow beak nose. But the presence of fur on the tail and also its size – twice that of the Indian dolphin species – has created a mystery.

Comments on some pictures on social media joke that the animal got lost and somehow made it to Russia. One wrote: 'Probably, our summer is so cold that even the Indian Dolphins getting into local waters, are covered with fur.'

But one expert insisted it simply is not possible for a fresh water Ganges dolphin to make it to the Far East, and survive in the salty ocean.

Hairy creature on Sakhalin


Hairy creature on Sakhalin


Hairy creature on Sakhalin

'I can confidently say that this is some kind of a dolphin. However, it has fur. It's unusual. Dolphins do not have any fur.' Pictures: SakhalinMedia

Nikolay Kim, Deputy Head of the Forecasting department of the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, said: 'Judging by the appearance of the head, this is clearly some big dolphin. According to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species.

'I doubt that it lived in our waters. Most likely, the animal was brought by the warm current. Here often appear tropical and subtropical species. On cooling, they stay here and then die. 

'I can confidently say that this is some kind of a dolphin. However, it has fur. It's unusual. Dolphins do not have any fur.'

Comments (65)

It s a whale that's had its fins chopped off. Then its washed ashore before the sharks could get it. And its also been opened so the birds will pick at it. So as to preserve the corpse. It is a sadistic act and not a wonder of modern science.
james bond, lakemba
02/07/2015 17:36
1
2
This animal is a cross between a Duck Billed Platypus and a Wooly Mammoth. It was washed up after fighting a giant squid. I saw a movie that explains my theory.
Mark McKay, London, England
02/07/2015 17:09
9
0
Please, take dna samples to verify if theres a similarity to known species what we know.
Nico, Germany
02/07/2015 16:37
15
3
I totaly agree with Jamie from Michigan.This is not beaked whale. You can find a picture on google how looks like dead beaked whale. So no way....This was frozen in the mealting ice cup and now....
Sara, Canada
02/07/2015 14:36
8
5
From what I've read, I guess this one must have been a baby, because Baird's beaked whales are typically a great deal larger than this carcass.
Karen, Melbourne Beach, FL/US
02/07/2015 06:29
1
1
It could be an extinct animal released from melted Arctic ice. Maybe not as old as dinosaurs, but... old.
Whitefire, Poland
02/07/2015 06:19
16
2
Do some reading about the great Trunko mystery - this explains the "fur" - it's actually a very common phenomenon when it comes to a dead whale. Then look up the territory and size of Baird's Beaked Whale. Your final step is to find Shakhtyorsk on a map and the whole mystery will be revealed to you. Your follow up should be to never quote Nikolay Kim in an article, ever again. He has a classic case of "I don't know what I'm talking about but I better say something plausible even if I get it wrong". This is a disease that should be terminal to the career of any government scientist.
Damo, Somewhere out there
02/07/2015 05:42
14
3
It looks like a Beaked Whale
jim, England
02/07/2015 03:23
2
3
I believe its Jabba the hut who forgot to shave and appeared in our timezone.
John Connor, SkyNet
02/07/2015 02:37
4
1
Giant Platypus?
cvdub, USA
02/07/2015 02:33
1
1
Probably a species from another time, once frozen in the melting ice cap.
cvdub, USA
02/07/2015 02:31
15
0
It's a sea bantha!
Teemu, Finland
02/07/2015 01:38
1
0
Beak and fur, huh? I think it's a giant platypus.
Michael, Athens, Greece
02/07/2015 00:08
2
1
Well looks like we found a monster, Come on people, the deep blue is not even halfly discovered,maybe, it's a new species
Megalodon, Indonesia Jakarta
01/07/2015 22:01
5
0
The "fur" looks like it is decomposed flesh of the whale / dolphin.. not fur.
Rebecca, Australia
01/07/2015 10:07
20
4

Add your comment

We welcome a healthy debate, but do not accept offensive or abusive comments. Please also read 'Siberian Times' Privacy Policy

Name

Town/Country

Add your comments

The views expressed in the comments above are those of our readers. 'Siberian Times' reserves the right to pre-moderate some comments.

Control code*

Type the code

* obligatory


News

Business

The Bank of Russia official exchange rates of foreign currencies
EUR66.36USD63.54GBP77.84Other...