Creature Feature: Unidentified Species

🐾Creature Feature: Plastic Free July Edition🐾
 
This week’s creature is an unidentified species that recently swam/waddled/washed(?) ashore on Samoa Beach. It closely resembles a hippo, but we’re pretty sure they’re not in the same Family or Genus. It’s features seem to be frozen in a smile. We’re not sure if that’s how it really feels, or if it’s some predatory defense mechanism.
 
Though found on the beach we believe this to originally be a land dwelling creature. Based on the size of the Gooseneck Barnacles growing on the creature’s face, we estimate that it has been floating at sea for around 6 months to a year.
 
If anyone has any information on the identification of this creature, please let us know in the comments.
 
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