Massive ‘sperm whale’ with grim ‘decaying smell’ spotted on UK motorway

Baffled drivers were left shocked after they saw a huge sperm whale zooming alongside them on the M62.

The 12-metre long animal was later spotted on the M1 as confused motorists flocked to social media to share photos of the odd sight.

One passenger took a snap of the giant fish near North Cave at 3pm and joked they’d spotted a "motorwhale".

It sparked debate over why the foul-smelling carcass, seen strapped down to a huge lorry, was being moved.

Some people reckoned it was a transportation of a whale that had been stranded on an English coast – but others pointed out there hadn’t been such an incident in months and it would have rotted away by now.

But sleuths soon discovered the huge sperm whale was actually a highly realistic fake made for an exhibition.

Belgian artistic group Captain Boomer Collective designed and created the massive whale corpse as part of a project exploring the lines between reality and fiction, Hull Live reports.

The odd artwork is so detailed they even created a smell of decay to make it as realistic as possible.

It has previously appeared in Greenwich, Paris and Madrid and aims to try and highlight links between pollution and the environment.

The fake whale will be put on a beach where artists will pretend to be scientists and carry out a post-mortem examination.

Captain Boomer Collective explained: "The beached whale is a gigantic metaphor for the disruption of our ecological system.

“People feel their bond with nature is disturbed. The game between fiction and reality reinforces this feeling of disturbance.

“The psychological archetype of the dead big fish leaves no one untouched. It stirs and mobilizes a local community… it is vital it beaches on a public spot that is freely accessible.”

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