Mutant furry fish with fur and beak washes ashore in Russia

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The mystery creature
The mystery creature

A giant furry sea creature has washed up on a beach and baffled scientists.

The marine specimen was found in the Russian Far East on the shoreline of Sakhalin Island and experts believe it may be a "giant dolphin".

Nikolay Kim, deputy head of the Forecasting Department at the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, told the Siberian Times: "According to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species. I doubt that it lived in our waters. Most likely, the animal was brought by a warm current."

The giant carcass was ripped apart with bones showing and scientists are speculating that it is a prehistoric-like "mutant", which has similarities to a dolphin and is twice as large as a human.

However, Kim said: 'I would say that this is some kind of a dolphin. However, it has fur - and that's unusual. Dolphins do not have any fur.'