Raise your hand if you’ve heard of a furry dolphin before.
Russia is one of last frontiers on the planet that has large areas of land and water that is mostly unexplored. This is even more true when it comes to the ocean waters that touch its borders. Here enters the furry dolphin.
Recently, a real honest-to-goodness furry dolphin carcass was found washed ashore from the Eastern Russian sea.
Speculation has run rampant all across the Internet as to what exactly this creature is.
Some believe that it is some prehistoric hairy beaked whale that may have been frozen in a glacier that recently thawed. Others think that it might be a some undiscovered species that is so few in numbers, this is just the first one ever found.
Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Biology at Oxford University, is one scientist who thinks this fur is just a simple act of decomposition and isn’t out of the ordinary at all.
In an interview with the Daily Mail regarding this furry dolphin, Rogers admitted to seeing this same fur-like appearance with other whales and dolphins at different stages of decomposition.
“It suggests to me that my second guess of a very decomposed beaked whale is more likely,” said Rogers. “The bone sticking out of the skull looks similar to that seen in Baird’s beaked whale.”
Either way, furry dolphin or not, how would you like to stumble upon something like this on the beach?
All photos via Daily Mail