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Scientists are dealing with a deep-sea mystery after the remains of an unidentified creature washed up on a remote beach.
A wilderness guide made the bizarre discovery while kayaking in Berners Bay, Alaska, nearly 40 miles (64km) from the nearest town.
Type - Ray - Innards - Feet - Pacific
He initially thought it was a type of ray but soon realised he may have found the innards of a 12 feet (3.6m) Pacific Sleeper shark that lives more than a mile deep.
'When I got to the beach, I quickly realised it was the internal organs of something very large', said Bjorn Dihle, the guide who found it.
'The - Organs - Decomposing - Liver - Smelt
'The organs looked and felt like a decomposing liver, and smelt like a fish hold that hadn't been cleaned in a while – a bit like ammonia.'
Biologist John Moran from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) said he could not be sure what Mr Dihle had found without a tissue sample but believes it may be the liver of a Pacific sleeper shark.
'I - Guess - Testis - Liver - Sleeper
'I don't think it is mammalian, my first guess would be testis or liver from a sleeper shark', he said.
'Second guess would be something internal from a squid, but it seems a bit large for the squid I've seen wash up around here.'
Pacific - Sleeper - Shark - Mr - Dihle
If it is a Pacific sleeper shark it would be bigger than any that Mr Dihle – a former commercial fisherman – has dragged from the deep.
He said: 'I've caught a handful of sleepers while commercial fishing for halibut but the biggest was only around eight feet.
Individual - Thought - Guts
'This individual must have been significantly larger. My first thought was whale guts as it was...
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