The carcass may be that of a basking shark.
Maine beachgoers were surprised to find a mysterious sea creature washed up on Higgins Beach earlier this week.
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The creature was found Thursday morning and was the decaying body of a basking shark, Dr. James Sulikowski, a shark expert at the University of New England, told WCSH.
One beach goer said the carcass smelled like a warm day at a fish market.”
The carcass, which weighed about 600 pounds and was 15 feet long, was removed by the officials with the Portland Department of Public Works, the news station reported. It was later buried in a nearby landfill.
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A beachgoer, Chris Blair, told WCSH that the carcass was “pretty gross” and smoke as a “bath, hot day at a fish market.”
“It was pretty foul,” he added.
Basking sharks are the second-largest fish in the world, according to Oceana, who added that this type of shark can reach up to 40 metres in length. In contrast to other species of the shark, but this is not a threat to humans. He eats mostly plankton and can be found in the oceans of the world.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.