For those confident with whales and whale carcasses, it’s obviously another decomposed whale (and therefore a mammal not a fish as said in many articles btw). The picture shown widely within English sources is low quality but there are two better ones available on Chinese websites (see below). On the left side of both pictures lies the tail and rest of the tail fluke so on the right side of both pictures we have the head or rostrum. This indicates that the bone sticking out of the sand near the rostrum is nothing more than one of the curved lower jaws of a rorqual whale. From the tip of the decomposed rostrum to the estimated middle of the body we can identify ventral grooves what is absolutely typical for rorquals.
So all characteristics and also opinions of scientists (like, for example, Scott Baker of Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute) agree to the same identity: a rorqual. The only question remaining is what species of rorqual. If we accept the length of 55 feet it has to be one of the greater whales like Fin-, Sei- or Blue whale. But according to most chinese sources the length of the carcass was only 13 meters (42 feet) - what is also the opinion of Mr Baker and myself - so it could also be a Bryde’s whale (with a maximum length around 15.5 meters for this species). Identifying the exact species is difficult from these pictures as they show no distinct feature for identification, unlike the carcass of Ataka, Egypt, of 1950 (three ridges on the dorsal side of the rostrum identifiying it clearly as Bryde’s whale; for a detailed identification see http://www.kryptozoologie-online.de/Dracontologie/Salzwasserkryptide/ataka-kadaver.html).
The whale was buried but as whale strandings in China are rare the Chinese officials will examine the carcass later.
http://www.oeeee.com/a/20110428/987132.html (including Picture 1)
http://strandingnetchina.org/view.php?aid=303 (including Picture 2)
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