NUUK, GREENLAND - JULY 27: The fluke of a whale is seen as it swims in the water on July 27, 2013 in Nuuk, Greenland. Nuuk, the capital of the country of about 56,000 people, is where the government is trying to balance the discovery of minerals and other new opportunities brought on by climate change with the old ways of doing things. Premier Aleqa Hammond, the leader of Greenlands Parliament, said: "Climate change is one of the major issues that were dealing with in the political Greenland, in the cultural Greenland and in the business sector of Greenland. Climate change is not only a bad thing for Greenland. Climate change has resulted in many other new options for Greenland. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

We really have no way of knowing every creature that lives in the ocean. So when a giant skull washed up on a New Jersey beach the theories were multiple as to what it belonged to. Now that giant skull mystery has been solved. New Jersey animal experts have identified the giant skull which was found on an Ocean Count beach. And it’s not from a dinosaur, dragon, or giant bird.

The skull washed ashore Monday at Island Beach State Park. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection took to Twitter to ask people what they thought it was. Guesses ranged from different types of whales, pterodactyl, octopus, or even some type of unknown monster.

Officials with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection say the oversized bird-like skull belonged to a Minke whale, a species protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Despite their large heads, Minkes are actually the smallest member of the “great whale” family, experts say. The whale that apparently lost its head in New Jersey was likely 35 feet long and weighed 20,000 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.