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Furry ‘Sea Monster’ Footage Has Scientists Stumped

On a quiet beach in Russia, Svetlana Dyadenko was having a relaxing day when she came upon something unexpected: the decaying carcass of what she assumed to be a sea monster.

The “monster” was reportedly about three times the size of a human, covered in fur, and very, VERY smelly. Fortunately, one of Dyadenko’s friends was there to capture the discovery on video.

Dyadenko commented on the creature’s hair, saying: “the most interesting thing to me is that the creature is covered with tubular fur.” Tubular fur, which is hollow on the inside, is the same kind of fur found on a polar bear.

Dyadenko also begged scientists to “inspect this enigma that the ocean threw at us,” though also saying “you would need an excavator because part of it got completely covered with sand.”

Commentors on the video threw around ideas that the creature might be the thawed remains of a giant wooly mammoth, or perhaps a giant squid.

Perhaps most likely is that the “monster” is what scientists refer to as a “globster,” which the Siberian Times refers to as a carcass with “no visible eyes, no defined head, and no apparent bone structure.” Globsters aren’t actually animals—they’re small portions of a sea mammal’s rotting remains.

Scientist Sergei Kornev told the Siberian Times he agrees with this assessment, saying the “monster” was most likely part of a dead whale:

Under the influence of the sea, time and various animals, from the smallest to the largest, a whale often takes on bizarre forms. This is only a part of a whale, not a whole one.

So it would seem the sea monster of Kamchatka isn’t so threatening after all. That won’t stop many from investigating, however. After all, the truth is out there.

H/T – Time, The Siberian Times

 

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--