Expert Says Beached 'Sea Monster' In Mexico Is Just The Head Of A Sperm Whale

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Photo Credit: Facebook / Civil Protection and Fire Acapulco

On March 9, the Civil Protection and Firefighters Department in Acapulco received news of a mysterious 'sea monster' that had washed up on the resort city's beautiful Bonfil Beach. Measuring an impressive 13-feet (4 meters) in length the gray creature that resembles a giant blob with multiple layers of skin is unlike anything experts have encountered before. Hence, the massive animal has sparked the world's imagination.

Now an expert who has viewed the video the Mexican officials posted on the organization's Facebook page thinks that he may have identified the 'creature.' James Mead, curator emeritus of marine mammals at the National Museum of the Natural History in Washington D.C. believes the massive lump of saggy skin is the top half of the head of the world's largest species of the toothed whale - The sperm whale.

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Mead says the mammal's head has two distinct areas. The top region, called the spermaceti organ contains a waxy liquid called spermaceti, which serves three functions. It allows the whale to swim into deep waters to hunt for prey and float back to the surface to breathe. The liquid also helps the whale with echolocation as well as communicate with other members of its species.

The bottom region which is known as 'the junk' has numerous compartments of spermaceti separated by fatty cartilaginous tissue. Mead believes that the 'creature' is the sperm whale's junk and the top part of its head minus the spermaceti organ.

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Though marine experts in Acapulco have yet to confirm Mead's theory it does sound plausible — Sure takes away the fun from imagining that we may have stumbled upon a new scary sea monster, doesn't it?

Resources: Livescience.com, Dailymail.co.uk

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562 Comments
  • VeronicaWednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:34 am
    It sounds really interesting I hope they had a vid
    • BlackglitterTuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:14 am
      Eeeew! I would not enjoy finding that on a beach. But it is cool that they found it.
      • dogThursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:51 pm
        That is crazy
        • legolover100
          legolover100Monday, February 4, 2019 at 8:42 am
          cool
          • Gandalf the botMonday, December 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm
            wow
            • horse loverMonday, December 10, 2018 at 8:46 am
              aww thats sad. =(
              • BoiThursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:34 am
                OMG
                • BoiThursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:33 am
                  OMG I LOVE WHALES THEY ARE SOOOOOOO AWESOME SAUCE
                  • 💖YOUR BFF💖Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 9:31 am
                    🐳THIS ARTICLE IS SHORT BUT I FEEL SAD TO WHALE. I LOOOOVE WHALES🐳
                    • SaraSaturday, April 14, 2018 at 2:06 pm
                      this article was so cool but a little short