This is not what we expected to see whilst scrolling through social media today.
Just when we thought 2020 couldn’t possibly get anymore eventful if it tried, a bizarre looking creature – that has been described as having “four flippers” – has washed up on a beach in Southport and people genuinely haven’t a clue what it is.
Really, they have no idea.
The currently unidentified and most-certainly deceased creature was spotted on Ainsdale Beach in Southport on Wednesday and according to eyewitnesses, is reportedly located “past the posts” between Ainsdale village and Freshfield (Formby).
Posted to the Ainsdale Facebook page, the caption accompanying the pictures of the beached creature reads: “Can anyone guess what this is on Ainsdale Beach. Elephant? Whale? Monster?”
“Bizarrely it has/had 4 flippers [which was] most odd [and it] was approx 15ft long.”
It might not have yet been confirmed what this creature actually is, but that sure hasn’t stopped Facebook users chucking their wild predictions into the comments section.
Whale, cow, horse, deer, camel and donkey were all possible suggestions thrown into the ring, and some even thought that it could be a woolly mammoth, but considering they’ve been extinct for over 10,000 years, we can fairly confidently rule that one out and hope those aren’t our famous last words.
The most common and likely suggestions are pointing towards it being a walrus, but honestly, who knows?
One user commented: “the way 2020 is going, it could be a dinosaur” and that just about sums it up.
If you were expecting to get to the end of this article and be met with confirmation of what in fact this creature actually this, then we’re sorry to disappoint – we don’t have an answer.
The admin at the Ainsdale Facebook page has gone onto disprove a couple of common guesses – including cow, horse, seal and sea lion – and has also confirmed that they have “sent pictures off to a specialist and will update once [they] know”, so that’s all we have for you at this moment in time.
The only thing we’re sure of now is that we’re glad we weren’t eating our tea when we came across these pictures.
If you are though, then we can really only apologise.
Whilst we wait with bated breath until someone with genuine authority can confirm what the heck this actually is, let us know what your predictions are in the comments below.