Terrifying sea creature washes up on Mexican beach and has everyone scared witless
Netizens are confused after pictures of a creature that washed up on the shore of a beach in Mexico seem to feature a cross between a sea serpent, a lizard and an eel.
A sea creature that washed up on a Mexican beach has people scratching their heads. No one is entirely sure whether the horrifying creature pictured in the photo is a sea serpent, some sort of large lizard or an eel. Pictures of the creature's remains were posted on Facebook by a woman named Beatriz Morales Acuna.
Acuna was taking a walk along the seaside in Mazatlan when she stumbled upon the marine animal. The creature had been "expelled from the Pacific Ocean", according to El Diario.
People reportedly did not approach the remains because they mistook it for a rope from a sailboat and failed to notice its strangeness.
Determined to identify the creature, Acuna posted the images she had captured online. Some users suggested that the dead creature was a moray eel. Others thought it might be "a sea serpent" or some sort of lizard-fish.
"I learned that it is a kind of eel that only lives in the deepest and darkest [part of] the sea," Acuna said, according to the Daily Mail.
Due to the highly decomposed state of the remains, it is not yet known for sure what species the creature is.
Some of the more fantastically minded users suggested that the creature might be a dead alien monster or a prehistoric lizard creature like the ones in the movie 'Kong: Skull Island'. The creature is an example of a "globster".
Globsters are unidentifiable organic masses that wash up on the shore.
They are sometimes referred to simply as "blobs". This is because most of the time these remains are so decomposed by exposure to seawater and by the actions of scavengers that all that remains is a huge smelly blob of dead meat and hair.
A six-meter long globster washed up on a beach in the town of San Antonio, Oriental Mindoro province in the Philippines earlier this month.
Many local residents have taken the arrival of the carcass as an omen of dark times ahead. Such reactions to the discovery of globsters are rather common due to their unnatural appearance.
One of the more classic globsters washed ashore in 1896 on a beach at St. Augustine, Florida. A local naturalist examined the rubbery, 6-foot-high (1.8 meters) blob. A giant octopus was initially speculated as the identity of the blob. Many other globsters have washed ashore since, including one in July 2003 in Chile.
According to Live Science, some researchers believe that globsters may have inspired legends of sea monsters like the Kraken, the Leviathan and the giant sea serpent.
It has also been theorized that these decaying blobs of flesh might be the only chance we get to see unimagined creatures from the depths of the ocean.