Weird White Fleshy Sacks Wash Up on Beach: 'Never Seen Anything Like It'

Weird White Fleshy Sacks Wash Up on Beach: 'Never Seen Anything Like It'


Weird White Fleshy Sacks Wash Up on Beach: 'Never Seen Anything Like It'

A woman walking her dog on a beach in England stumbled upon something strange.

Helen Marlow and her pup were near Penzance, Cornwall, when she spotted massive, white sacks on the sand. The odd objects were covered in seaweed and had a flesh-like consistency.

Marlow made the discovery shortly after the tide went down, indicating they could have washed up from the deep ocean.

"I had no idea what it was, I couldn't match it to anything I'd ever seen. I just could tell it was organic. I've never seen anything like it before," Marlow told Newsweek. "I haven't been able to specifically identify them but it appears they are probably whale innards/stomach."

Pictures taken by Marlow show the strange blobs piled on top of each other on the sand, not far from the sea.

The Marine Strandings Network, a research group from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) recording all marine strandings in Cornwall, reposted the photos on its Facebook page and confirmed that the objects were likely part of a stomach.

There were other guesses before the scientists came to this conclusion. Some suspected it could have been a whale placenta.

Abby Crosby, a marine conservation officer at CWT, told Live Science that this would have been a "really exciting" identification as it would indicate a nearby whale birth.

While it is not clear what species of whale the innards came from, it is likely a large one due to the amount of material discovered.

A variety of whale species can be found in waters off the United Kingdom, including humpback whales, fin whales and minke whales. There is also a possibility it could be a sperm whale, although this species is rarer in this part of the world, Crosby told Live Science.

Tides can cause any number of deep sea creatures and objects to wash ashore. It is not the first time a strange discovery has been made recently.

A suspected whale penis washed ashore on an Australian beach last month, and scientists were baffled as to how it could have been severed. Australian wildlife expert Vanessa Pirotta told Newsweek at the time that it could have been anything, including a shark's liver.

The suspected whale stomach was not closely studied by marine scientists as the tide likely washed it away, Live Science reported. But it is still an important insight into the creatures living around the U.K.

"It demonstrates that we have some of the ocean's giants living just off our coastline," Crosby told the site.

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