Beach Finds Are Often Just Plain Rotten
A piece of flesh about six feet long was found on a beach on Prince Edward Island. The strange thing about the flesh is that it appeared to be covered in fur.
What could it be? Could there be some previously undiscovered marine mammal out there in the oceans, a giant mammal covered in fur? A monstrous seal? A whale with evolutionary amnesia?
The answer turned out to be none of the above. The flesh was from a whale. It was decomposed blubber. It seems that the texture of blubber is rather stringy, and so when it starts to rot, the blubber gets a stringy, fur-like appearance.
Let this be a reminder to beachcombers. Let a carcass float around in the ocean for a while, being nibbled on and rotting before it is tossed by the waves up on a distant shore, and it can start to look quite unlike it did while alive.