The remains of a large sea creature washed up on a beach in the Dinagat Islands, Philippines on Wednesday afternoon.
Sky News reported, the unidentified creature, which measured 4.5 metres (15 feet) in length, surprised local residents.
The carcass, believed to be that of a sea cow, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Manila, washed up on a beach in Barangay Poblacion, Cagadianao.
Several suggested that the beast could be Appa, a fictional character from the Nickelodeon animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Austin Blanch@austinblanch tweeted saying: ‘Yhink it’s appa. Or a big Shitzu. I could be wrong.’
While another Twitter user, J Flow, said: ‘It’s that creature from The Neverending Story.’
The creature was already in a state of advanced decomposition when found.
Teodoro L. Alipayo, who took these videos and pictures, told Reuters that a sample of the specimen has been taken to BFAR Manila for laboratory experimentation to determine the species and cause of death.
The carcass has a total length of 6.3 meters (20.6 feet), excluding the tail which is missing, and a total width of two meters (6.6 feet) from the dorsal to pectoral fin.
Alipayo said that the bones are being preserved as a memento of this rare event.
Cheeck out a video of the Mysterious sea creature below.