Beach-goers visiting the Morfa Beach at Port Talbot in Southern Wales were in for a surprise earlier this month as they went about their business.
A 11-foot long sea creature carcass, which isn’t easily identifiable from what appears to be remaining, had washed up on the shore and captured the attention of not only beach-goers, but also news outlets all around the world.
Melanie Rees, 41, and her husband Mike Rees, 47, note that while it’s common to see jellyfish washing up on the local beach, they’ve never quite seen something this intimidating wash up on the beach before.
"I couldn't believe how big it was," Melanie said in a public statement. "At first I thought it was a piece of driftwood or a big log as it was so far off the beach. But when we got closer, I could see thousands of flies and I knew it had been an animal."
She had posted pictures of the sea creature on Facebook with the hopes that someone would be able to identify it, but has reportedly had no real luck.
Some have jokingly called the creature a dinosaur, but this clearly isn’t the case. The true identify of whatever it was that washed up on share may never be known without closer inspection from marine life identification specialists.
Large ocean creatures have been washing up on the shores of beaches a lot lately, including tons of whales throughout the Eastern hemisphere. Strong ocean currents are expected to be the cause of these kinds of marine life washing up on shores.
Source: DailyMail, BBC