THE remains of a giant sea creature washed up on the shores of Seram Island has shocked locals.
The bloodied monster was discovered by a local identified as Asrul Tuanakota, 37, on Tuesday evening, according to a statement obtained by Beritasatu.com.
But it's believed the creature has been dead for at least three days.
Mr Tuanakota said he mistook the creature for a stranded boat.
The Jakarta Globe reports it's believed the 15-metre long creature is a giant squid.
But a co-ordinator of Indonesia's Marine and Coastal Resources Management said it was likely to be a whale, Storyful reports.
Lab tests are underway to confirm the species, the co-ordinator said.
One local shared images and videos of the carcass, found on Huamual beach in west Maluku province.
The monster has started to decay prompting residents to urge the government to have its remains quickly removed.
The cause of the creature's death remains a mystery.