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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565 Comments
  • EmilyThursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:22 am
    It looks ugly
    • momMonday, May 15, 2017 at 6:57 am
      not cool
      • cool Monday, May 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm
        poor of that whale
        • emmaisladybug
          emmaisladybugMonday, May 1, 2017 at 7:29 am
          I fell bad for that whale
          • bekahboo
            bekahbooThursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:12 am
            ew and cool! FOLLOW ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • DgirlSunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:01 am
              cool
              • jeffThursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:25 am
                I came on here for fun
                • boyboy21Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:50 am
                  i like whales
                  • smishball123
                    smishball123Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm
                    Yea. Why is it decapitated?
                    • ninja_tube
                      ninja_tubeWednesday, December 21, 2016 at 8:30 am
                      Gross but cool
                      • ninja_tube
                        ninja_tubeWednesday, December 21, 2016 at 8:30 am
                        But why is it decapitated?