The beast from the deep is so badly decayed it cannot be identified.
But according to local reports from Guangdong, in the south-east of the country, it weighed at least 4.5 TONS.
One fisherman, known only as Hwang, 66, said he was astonished by the find.
People have flocked to see the creature — despite the rotting corpse's foul stench.
It was found tangled in ropes and one theory is fisherman caught it but could not land it as it was so big
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