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A huge mystery sea beast with no face has been discovered on a UK beach leaving experts baffled about what it is.
Scientists will investigate in a bid to determine what the 23 feet long creature is after it was found on Broad Haven South Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
It is estimated to weigh a whopping four tonnes but with the remains already decomposing, experts could not initially make a firm identification and now a sample from the beast must be sent for testing.
Matthew Westfield is the stranding co-ordinator for Wales for the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme, who were informed about the discovery.
He said: "It’s very difficult to tell for certain what it is because it’s so badly decomposed.
“It died at sea and had been dead for a while before it washed up on the beach, so it would have come in with one of the high tides."
Pictures from the scene show the remains as a grey husk, stringy in some places, with bony elements showing through in others.
No obvious feature of the creature’s biology stands out, with the head seemingly gone and no limbs apparent. Even the animal's true scale is uncertain.
Mr Westfield said: "Basically the whole head element was either decomposed or missing or pointing in the wrong direction.
"We were unable to say, ‘right, there’s the head element of it’ so we suspect it could have been longer."
Inspecting the remains in person did offer some clues.
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Matthew said: "The lady that actually reported it to us had done a bit of research and had initially come back saying that she thought it might have been a basking shark.
"Well by the pictures we initially didn’t think so because of the size of it and because it is rare to get basking sharks wash up on the beaches around Wales.
"So initially we thought it was going to be a whale but when we actually got there and did an exam on it, it became clear that it definitely wasn’t.
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“The initial clue was the smell of rotten fish. Decomposing fish smell different to decomposing whales.
"Then we got closer and we had a look at the bone structure which indicated that it definitely was not a whale and it was going to be some sort of fish."
Mr Westfield now believes the remains to be of a basking shark, but he still can’t be sure.
He added: "We’ve taken pictures, we’ve taken a couple of samples, and we’ve sent them off to the Natural History Museum and some of the specialist teams there, along with London Zoo.
"We just have to wait and see what happens."
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