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Aug 13, 2009, 01:21 PM
 
Two days ago a mother whale and her calf beached themselves in Hollywood, FL:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nati...y/1179853.html

I was on the beach, about 4 miles north the next day and saw this:



It was about 3 feet long, maybe more. What is it!?

I don't mind it being unrelated to the whale, I just kept calling it "whale tongue" before I even knew that two whales had beached themselves one day prior.
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Aug 13, 2009, 01:30 PM
 
looks like whale fat/blubber.
     
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Aug 13, 2009, 01:34 PM
 
Mutilated flipper?
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Aug 13, 2009, 01:35 PM
 
Lunch? Sorry!
     
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Aug 13, 2009, 02:18 PM
 
The whales were fairly well intact when they beached as I understand.
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Aug 13, 2009, 02:20 PM
 
Could be left over chunks when they blew it up with dynamite.
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Aug 13, 2009, 03:06 PM
 
I believe it is what's known as the junk. A whales junk is a collection of fatty tissue in the nose of the whale. In sperm whales the junk can weigh up to one third of the whales total weight.
     
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Aug 13, 2009, 03:22 PM
 
Looks like liver.

     
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Aug 13, 2009, 04:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by Andrew Stephens View Post
I believe it is what's known as the junk. A whales junk is a collection of fatty tissue in the nose of the whale. In sperm whales the junk can weigh up to one third of the whales total weight.
So that's why they call it a dork, cuz junk was already taken.
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Aug 13, 2009, 04:58 PM
 
Mr. Ice, have you happen to have the taste of fudge in your mouth recently?
     
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Aug 13, 2009, 05:09 PM
 
It's besson3c
     
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Aug 13, 2009, 09:58 PM
 
Looks like liver to me.

Anyone have any bacon and onions?
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Aug 13, 2009, 11:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
Mr. Ice, have you happen to have the taste of fudge in your mouth recently?
nope.
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Aug 13, 2009, 11:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
Mr. Ice, have you happen to have the taste of fudge in your mouth recently?
Wait, is that a warehouse 13 reference?
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Aug 14, 2009, 01:14 AM
 
caps please
     
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Aug 14, 2009, 01:55 PM
 
Sent that picture to my buddy a marine biologist and what did he say?

"Liver from a large whale/shark, or a tongue"

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Aug 14, 2009, 02:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by SSharon View Post
Wait, is that a warehouse 13 reference?
If so, that should be the smell of fudge.
But, just in case, I'll get the Tesla...
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Aug 14, 2009, 04:04 PM
 
Doesn't look like tongue. Tongue is basically muscle (and with some fat, etc.) and wouldn't likely break up like that. OTOH, liver tends to fall apart easily, which is why I'm betting on liver.
     
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Aug 14, 2009, 04:48 PM
 
There's only one way to know for sure Ice, you're gonna have to taste it. Get pictures.

Just don't ask russian scientists (scoll down to #4 The Moscow Monster) to identify it, as they seem to get a bit snippy.
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Aug 15, 2009, 02:54 AM
 
I've emailed the scientist who's doing the necropsy on the beached beaked whales, I have a feeling he'll say liver too. I just find it weird one of them may have "lost" it's liver. Could be another sea creature's liver, dunno.
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Aug 15, 2009, 07:33 AM
 
Looks like a mutated Montauk Monster.
     
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Aug 17, 2009, 10:40 AM
 
The Marine Mammal Investigator who did the necropsy said it "looks like a shark liver. BIG SHARK!!"

And correction, Dr. Blair Mase, the good doctor is a she, not a he.
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Aug 18, 2009, 11:02 PM
 
It's better than what we get washing up on our shores here in NJ...
     
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Aug 18, 2009, 11:22 PM
 
Originally Posted by ctt1wbw View Post
Looks like a mutated Montauk Monster.
sooo ... a mutated mutant?
     
   
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