The Body of a Mysterious Sea Creature Has Washed Up in Namibia

Despite not being seen often, Cuvier's beaked whales are actually incredibly common. On the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species they're listed as of "least concern" and it's believed there are around 100,000 of them living in oceans all across the world. The reason they're not often sighted is because they can dive incredibly deep - reaching depths of almost 1,000 metres (3,300 feet).

The corpse of a mysterious, 6-metre (20-foot) long sea creature washed up in Namibia, confusing experts over whether the remains belonged to a whale or a dolphin. Scientists have now identified the animal - and it's a unique deep-diving species of whale that hasn't been seen in Namibia since 2000. After measuring the body and analysing its head shape, researchers are confident that the creature is a Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris).

The only member of the Ziphius genus, the species is the most commonly sited beaked whale, but it hasn't been seen in Namibia since 2000, according to Simon Elwen, an investigator with the Namibian Dolphin project. "I was quite surprised," Elwen told the Daily Mail. "These animals are rarely seen in the water, so to see them on land is very unique.