Looking at the skeleton that could be seen poking through the rotting flesh – including a spine, a jaw bone and part of the skull – researchers believed they had identified the creature. The first piece of evidence that led to this conclusion was in what had previously been the creature’s mouth.
Yes, in some of the photos, there looked to be a baleen plate present. This body part is a component of the filtration system that a lot of whales use to separate the krill they eat from the sea water. So the corpse wasn’t a boat, and it wasn’t a giant squid. Could it, then, have once been a baleen whale such as a humpback?