In video footage, the carcass of the enormous creature from the deep is seen being raised onto a large truck in front of hundreds of baffled onlookers.
The video emerged from a Chinese news source earlier this week with little information to explain the surfaced giant behemoth.
In a global online investigation, posters and forum users have jumped to their own conclusions about the strange finding.
Some say it could be a relative of the infamous Loch Ness monster.
Others have gone down the alien route and presumed it to be a large creature from outer space similar to that in the 1990 film Tremors.
But it seems the most common belief is that it is a large... beached whale.
In Vietnam, fishermen on the coasts are known to worship whales as the animals are meant to bring luck and safety to them and their families.
During the Cau Ngu funeral festival, for instance, the Vietnamese will sing and dance while dragging a whale corpse to a nearby whale temple to bury the bones in the cemetery.