10 Mysterious Washed Up CREATURES

10 Mysterious Washed Up Creatures 10 Montauk [mon-tork] Monster In a scenario straight out of a horror film, a dead, deformed beast was found washed up on the shore of America’s Ditch Plains Beach in the summer of 2008

The picturesque beach was actually located just a few kilometers away from the isolated Plum Island, home of the Animal Disease Center This center was notorious for a host of secret biological experiments on animals during the Cold War, in an attempt to develop dangerous biological weapons Dubbed the Montauk Monster, the beast further fueled conspiracy theories that Frankenstein-like experiments were still taking place on Plum Island It was the size of a cat and had dried out skin and no fur The creature’s mouth was filled with sharp teeth and it also had a pointed beak, leaving its corpse unrecognizable

After much speculation, however, in came science to reveal that the beast from the beach was simply a decomposing raccoon Sources: scienceblogscom, Huffington Post 09 St Augustine Monster The most famous washed up sea creature in history has been dubbed the St Augustine Monster; it was spotted in 1896 by two boys who were cycling on a beach in Florida

Shocked by their discovery of a big pink blob, the boys alerted local physician Dr DeWitt Webb, who came to inspect it for himself The carcass was only partially visible, having sunk into the sand under its own weight Webb estimated that it weighed nearly 5 tons, and measured a massive 6 meters in length Despite it not having any defining features, Webb suggested that the mysterious creature was a mutilated giant octopus

He believed he had identified 4 stumps, which were once arms It was decaying rapidly, but a sample of the blob was taken and preserved by the Smithsonian institute In 2004, more than a century later, the sample was tested, and results confirmed that the ‘monster’ had once been a whale Source: Mental Floss, Baltimore Sun 08 Evolutionary Anomaly The Canvey Island Monster washed up on the British beach in 1953, but it was so disturbing that the memory of it still haunts the town more than 60 years later

Almost a meter long, the creature was covered in thick brown skin, with bulging eyes and gills The freak of nature shocked scientists when it emerged that, instead of fins – as it was initially suspected it would have – the monster possessed hind legs and five toes Evolutionary theorists were thrilled and questioned whether this aquatic beast once walk on its hind legs Scientists took samples of the beast’s eyes, nostrils, and teeth, in an attempt to identify it It has since been suggested that the beast’s legs were indeed actually just fins, but, like all great mysteries, to this day there have been no official explanations as to what the beast was

Source: CanveyIslandorg, Fortean Times 07 Jurassic World Dogs have been playing with bones since the dawn of time, but the familiar sight became an alarming one for Shirlie Randall when she spotted her pup wrestling with what looked like a giant spine on the English coast in Kent in 2016 What started as an innocent walk on the beach had turned into an archaeological adventure; her dog appeared to have discovered an ancient looking skeleton At first glance, it seemed as though the remains were shaped like a crocodile, although such reptiles are not found in Britain

The body’s rotting flesh was now a sludgy, jelly-like texture But its haunting face appeared to have had a beak, leading Randall to suggest to local media that the discovery was the skeleton of a bird or dinosaur But, according to local wildlife experts, Jurassic Park hadn’t arrived in Kent, and they suggested that the body was most likely to that of a disintegrated porpoise Source: Express 06 The Big Bird Beast In 2015 a group of soldiers discovered a furry, prehistoric monster washed up in the Russian Far East

Looking like Big Bird had fallen on hard times, the beast was dubbed ‘the Monster of Sakhalin’, after the Russian island it had washed up on The slender mutant possessed a streamlined body and long, sharp beak, but, confusingly for a sea monster, it was covered in fur The monster’s glossy mane confused marine biologists, who otherwise claimed that the carcass resembled a dolphin That was until scientist Professor Rogers revealed a disgusting secret: that ‘fur’ was not actually fur, but the extremely decayed tissue of a whale Source: Daily Mail 05

Body of a Pig Looking like a giant, naked mole rat, the Beast of Tenby was discovered in 2013, its twisted, hairless body an affront to the human eye Dog walker Peter Bailey noticed the washed up body after his dog suddenly went crazy, running in circles to draw attention to the horrible discovery With the face of a horse, the claws of a bear, and the body of a pig, this real-life Frankenstein’s monster disgusted those that came into contact with it Bailey told local news that the creature looked most like a bald badger But other witnesses reported to the local council that it was in fact a washed up Jack Russell dog that had become bloated after a long time in the water

When staff from the council went to investigate, the body had mysteriously vanished Source: BBC 04 Dem bones Dem bones Imagine you were out on a morning walk when you stumbled across the dried up carcass of a sea monster

Well, Melanie and Mike Rees don’t have to imagine any longer, after a strange incident occurred while they were walking along Port Talbot's Morfa Beach in Wales in 2016 At first, the couple assumed that the huge, 34-meter-long beast, was merely driftwood But after edging closer they noticed thousands of flies swarming its decaying flesh Melanie uploaded the photo to Facebook, sparking worldwide speculation as to what the sea monster could be

With guesses including a giant squid or even a dinosaur, it seems the most likely candidate is actually a whale Source: BBC, The Sun 03 Trunko While the other washed up creatures in this list had only ever been seen dead, Trunko, which washed up on a South African beach in 1924, was possibly spotted alive Described as looking like a mix of a fish and polar bear, Trunko was first seen off the coast of South Africa battling two killer whales The creature is thought to have lost the fight, as it was soon found dead and washed up onto land

The huge animal measured 14 meters in length and 3 meters in width Despite having no head, its trunk dangled off its torso, which was covered in a snowy white fur Suggestions as to what Trunko really was have ranged from an albino southern elephant seal to a shark But the most common explanation is that Trunko was already dead when it was first spotted Rather than fighting the whales, it is thought that witnesses had actually seen whales eating the creature’s already decaying body

Source: Fortean Times, Hidden Animals by Michael Newton 02 The Grey Blob The last thing you want to bump into on holiday is a sea monster, but unfortunately that’s exactly what happened to tourists in the Mexican vacation spot of Bonfil Beach in March 2016 Beach goers stumbled into the path of what can only be described as a giant, grey blob With no recognizable features and not even the stench of death, there was no indication as to what kind of animal it was However, as it was four meters long, speculation ranged from a giant squid, to a whale, or even a new life form altogether

While some spectators poked the creature with sticks, others were quick to upload footage of the mystery monster online But it wasn’t long before an expert came in to spoil the fun; the Natural History Museum's James Mead explained that the ‘sea monster’ was sadly the decomposing, severed head of a sperm whale Source: Daily Mail, Dogo News 01 Zuiyo-maru Carcass [Zee Wee O – Mah roo] In 1977 a Japanese fishing trawler accidentally discovered the decaying carcass of the ‘Godzilla of the sea’ The body became known as the Zuiyo-maru carcass, after the trawler that discovered it, and the boat’s crew were convinced that they had found a new species

The decomposing beast resembled a sea serpent, but some speculated they had found the remains of an ancient plesiosaur – a giant reptile from the Jurassic period However, despite the crew’s excitement at their catch, the ship’s captain Akira Tanaka dumped the carcass back into the ocean, worried that its decaying flesh would spoil the fish they’d caught While professors from Tokyo University suggested that the crew’s photos were evidence that an ancient plesiosaur still existed, scientists from Britain’s National History Museum claimed that the Zuiyo-maru carcass was most likely the remains of a basking shark, which decomposes into the shape of a plesiosaur Source: Scientific American

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