However, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) told the Indonesia Tribune that they believe it to be some kind of whale.
“If we look in terms of physical almost the same as the whales,” Nasrul Latulanit of the KKP’s Office of Marine and Coastal Resources Management told the Tribune. “If the nature of squid is biggest only up to 5 metres, if the whale can be 20 to 30 metres.”
Marine biologists are already conducting tests to determine exactly what the creature is.
“We will take the meat samples to be tested in the laboratory. This is to ascertain whether this animal is [of] what type,” Latulanit said.
Meanwhile, residents are hoping the government will remove the carcass as it is already starting to decay.