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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  • 💖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
      • BlueUnicornTuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm
        OMG that's sooooo sad I love I mean LOVE whales i feel so bad )=
        • PetePlaysFriday, February 23, 2018 at 11:39 am
          But is is really cool !!
          • trey123Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:42 am
            how did the whale get the top or the head tooken off
            • whatarethoseTuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm
              I feel so sad for the whale
              • Conpirist 101 Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11:20 am
                wow this is true
                • grapefruit
                  grapefruitFriday, August 4, 2017 at 3:24 am
                  a bit gross but sad for the whale
                  • ipiggi
                    ipiggiThursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:25 am
                    Wow
                    • closingjamWednesday, May 31, 2017 at 2:02 pm
                      wow what a monster im doing a project this great al of my class mates think its real