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An Unidentified Sea Creature Has Washed Up in Alaska

This time it's a trident-shaped, white and smelly monster.

Just in time for Halloween, another strange, monstrous, unidentified sea creature has washed up on a beach somewhere in the world, puzzling local beachgoers and driving local researchers into a sudden fit of identification. This time it happened around the shores of Berners Bay, Alaska, reports the Daily Star.

The milky-white body of some oceanic critter of unknown origin was first discovered by Bjorn Dihle, which seems an appropriate name for a lone man kayaking in frigid Alaskan waters who happened to stumble upon the body of an unidentifiable sea monster. At least, that's what we'd put in the spec script for the sure-to-come Hollywood adaptation.

The monster was smaller than other monsters people have encountered in the past, such as any of these 12 weirdest unidentifiable creatures known to no God.

Unlike other monsters of lore, this particular one had no furry white hair or barnacled back.

unidentified sea creatureThe monster in question, laid out in all its gory glory. (Credit: Pen News/Katie McCaffrey)

Instead, it kind of just looked like a huge, pearly white liver.

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In fact, Dihle, who works as a wilderness guide, soon realized the strange creature was less of a creature and more of the insides of a creature, though he originally thought it could have been a ray.

As Dihle told the Daily Star, "The organs looked and felt like a decomposing liver, and smelt like a fish hold that hadn't been cleaned in a while — a bit like ammonia."

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Local experts have yet to test the sample for any kind of tissue, but they suspect the triple-pronged shiny thing is, in fact, the liver of a Pacific sleeper shark. If that's true, the animal from which it came must have been truly huge. Dihle says the biggest sleeper shark he's seen was around 8 feet long, and the organs that washed up had to have come from an animal that was much bigger.

Sleeper sharks generally live almost 7,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. So any part of them making its way to shore is quite a journey.

Dihle has a few theories on how the liver wound up so close to civilization: Either the shark was killed by a fisherman who pulled it up on a long-line skate, or it became a meal for a pod of killer whales, who admittedly have a strong penchant for liver of any kind of animal, monster or not.

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