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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)

As suggested in the comments below, this is indeed a Briard's Beaked Whale. The location of the carcass and the jaw bone easily indicate this. The "fur" is merely decomposing muscle fibers on the tail. I am a fisheries biologist more competent than those they asked in the article.
Darlene, USA
01/07/2015 10:02
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Interesting, a fish with fur but beak of a bird!!! I can not imagine of such creatures that violate natural rule resembling both???
kumar Ingnam, Nepal
01/07/2015 09:09
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People why don't you image search a "beaked whale", it doesn't actually have a beak like this creature. This thing has a long neck, and fur. I think if it was a beaked whale, they would know.
Jamie, Michigan
01/07/2015 08:16
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it is likely a baird's beaked whale, or a similar species. whales and dolphins are marine MAMMALS... they do have very small hairs, and it is possible that a natural mutation occurred. before birth, many whales are "hairy," so it is not beyond the realm of possibility. that being said, we do know remarkably little about the oceans.
fox, northeast PA
01/07/2015 07:20
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Its definitely an animalia!
C. I. A. RACOON, Manchester, UK
01/07/2015 05:33
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Oh no, Falcor...
tost, FL USA
01/07/2015 05:21
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It's obviously Trunko, which hastnt been sighted since 1808. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trunko
Jack Brigden, Santa Rosa, CA
01/07/2015 05:20
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Nessie?
J. Gill, Edmonds, WA
01/07/2015 05:06
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A Trunko maybe?
Carlos Zepeda, Mexico City, México
01/07/2015 04:19
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What about DNA research? Are there possible ? Thanks.
Jocelyne, FRANCE
01/07/2015 03:56
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It looks like a wooly mammoth that had been preserved in the ice for millennia, and was released due to melting ice from global warming, floated around in the water a bit decomposing and losing parts, and the remains then washed up on shore.
Katy Z., Canada
01/07/2015 03:36
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Beaked whale strandings are known from Sakhalin Island. So why they can't acknowledge it immediatley? Alone from its size it should be clear to search among cetaceans...
Markus, Germany
01/07/2015 03:34
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So, there may be fuzzy dolphins now? NO ONE TELL SEAWORLD OF THIS DISCOVERY!!!
CZ, Spokane WA, USA
01/07/2015 02:36
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Anyone know if it is being examined? And if so when will they be able to tell us what it is?
Christine, wenatchee washington
01/07/2015 02:17
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yes, clearly a Baird's beaked whale.
Ziphiid, Legionowo/Poland
01/07/2015 01:28
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