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Sea Monsters: These strange creatures have washed up on beaches around the world

Sea monsters have fueled people's imaginations for thousands of years. There are always strange creatures that wash up on the beaches around the world. But what is real and what is nautical yarn? DIVING presents the most mysterious sightings of creatures from the depths of the seas in a two-part series.

While walking on the beach, many people come across the carcasses of strange creatures, most of which are so badly decayed that at first glance you can hardly tell which animal it might be. But a closer look quickly reveals that it is a mutilated jellyfish or a nibbled fish. Such sightings make the imaginative viewer shudder and stimulate the imagination.

The Ur-Globster: The famous sea monster was found in Tasmania in 1960 and was first referred to as the Globster.

Globster: Are there the terrifying, unknown sea monsters, perhaps?

Sometimes something washes ashore that cannot be identified at second glance or by an expert. There is even a fixed term in English for these strange creatures: Cryptozoologists call the monsters from the sea "globsters" that have been discovered but not yet identified. Zoologists define a “globster” as “an unidentified organic matter that washes up on the coast by a sea or other body of water.” The term was coined by Ivan T. Sanderson in 1962 to refer to a sea carcass on a Tasmanian beach Describing 1960, which, according to Sanderson, had "no visible eyes, no defined head, and no apparent bone structure". Was it a monster from the deep sea? Here you will see the most abnormal, mysterious creatures that have washed up on beaches around the world. Only very few of them have been identified to this day.

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The Sakhalin sea monster

The Sakhalin monster washed up on the largest Russian island.

This presumptive sea monster was reportedly found on the Russian island of Sakhalin in 2006 by a group of soldiers stationed near the beach. The huge island is located in the North Pacific between Russia and Japan on the Russian east coast and is a dispute between the two Pacific countries. That is why the presence of the Russian military is so great there. The washed up carcass was secured and taken away by the military as soon as it was discovered. Not fast enough, however: In the meantime, numerous tourists had already taken photos of the supposed sea monster. But what it could have been about is still unknown: The Russian military is silent about the incident and no clear structures can be seen in the pictures. This case will probably remain unsolved forever, because the carcass was never seen again after it was transported by the military.

"Trunko" - the white mass from the sea

Trunko, the white mass, was attacked by killer whales and then washed up lifeless in South Africa.

Trunko is another mysterious sea creature that washed up on a beach in South Africa in 1924. Eyewitnesses reported at the time that the undefined white blob, which looks like a giant white polar bear in the shape of a fish, was beaten by two orcas in a three-hour fight before it appeared lifeless on the beach. Trunko, the lifeless white mass was christened by the onlookers. Curious: the authorities remained inactive and even scientists did not call themselves the alleged sea monster, while it rotted on the beach in the following days. Only after ten days was Trunko washed away by the flood and never seen again afterwards. The entire story appeared in the local Margate newspaper in South Africa in 1924 under the title "A Fish Like a Polar Bear". Witnesses reported in it of the long, bitter fight with the orcas, which in the end turned out to be unfavorable for the sea monster. By 2010, it appeared that all of the evidence to prove Trunko's existence was gone. Then this photo popped up. What strange creature from the sea washed up there on the beach at Margate in 1924? We will probably never know.

A real sea monster: the monster of Folly Beach

Looks like a crocodile's tail: there is a very rational explanation for this strange creature.

So much in advance: This sea monster could be clearly identified! But the sight makes you shudder: The large scales look a bit like a mixture of dragon and crocodile. With a bit of imagination, the animal also looks like a huge, oversized lobster or the tail of a stegosaurus. In any case, the locals of this South Carolina beach got the shock of their lives when they found the carcass of this sea monster in the surf of South Carolina's Folly Beach in March 2012. For days afterwards the origin of the obvious sea monster was discussed, spun and speculated. However, the South Carolina Aquarium took on the matter and was able to identify the animal quickly and clearly: The animal is a specimen of the giant Atlantic sturgeon, which is technically still a prehistoric creature because it has been around for about 100 million Years ago made the oceans unsafe. Sturgeons are pretty big chunks: They can be over five meters long and weigh up to 360 kilograms. You can choose to call this marine creature a real or a fake sea monster - an explorer is sure to have a moment of shock.

Video: Sea monsters from the depths

The cases presented are just a few of many that have occurred on the coasts or on the high seas over the course of time. The following excerpt from the documentation shows other exciting cases of potential sea monsters who probably came into contact with humans by chance.

Unidentifiable sea creature: the "Four Mile Globster"

Fins, long white hair and flaps of skin: the so-called Four Mile Globster was also discovered in Tasmania.

The so-called "Four Mile Globster" was named not for its own size, but for the length of the stretch of beach where it was discovered in Tasmania in 1997. The animal was enormous: the sea monster was 4.6 meters long and weighed around four tons. There was no end to the curiosities: the sea monster had paddle-shaped fins on one side and strands of white hair on the other, as well as six fleshy lobes on each flank. The "Four Mile Globster" is not the only unidentified marine life in Tasmania - and not to be confused with the original globster, which was discovered in 1960 by the zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson. Whatever this animal is, it will still be left to the viewer's imagination: The "Four Mile Globster" was never identified.

Sea monsters par excellence: The Canvey Island Monster

Sea monsters par excellence: The Canvey Island Monster

Hardly any other potential sea monster makes the viewer's blood run cold as much as the "Canvey Island Monster". This is the name for a very eerie creature that was found on a beach on Canvey Island in November 1953. A second, better preserved, carcass was discovered in August 1954. The 1953 specimen was described as a strange creature: 76 centimeters long with thick, reddish-brown skin, large bulging eyes and gills. But that's not all: it has also been described as having hind legs and fifteen-toed, horseshoe-shaped feet with concave arches - suggesting that it walked on two legs - but had no front limbs. The remains of the 1953 Canvey Island Monster were cremated after a cursory examination by a zoologist who said the strange creature posed no threat to the public. The situation was different with the carcass that washed up in August 1954: The Canvey Island Monster from 1954 was significantly larger at 120 centimeters and weighed over eleven kilograms. Unlike the first specimen, it was fresh enough to be able to take a sample of his eyes, nose and teeth. However, this did not lead to any result: one did not know what kind of living being it was or how it died and to this day there is no official explanation of what kind of creature it was. There was speculation at the time that it might have been a monkfish that had legs instead of fins. These animals weigh up to 32 kilograms and are found in these waters. Some frogfish actually have extremities that are more reminiscent of fin-like feet and have large, bulging eyes.

Sea Monster: Mystery from the deep sea

Of course, our monsters from the sea can be seen with a certain wink. For most of the cases there is a simple and scientific explanation. Humans - and of course also divers - love sailor's yarn and scary stories. Nevertheless, many of these cases have never been fully clarified and to this day it is not known whether they are animals with deformities or severe decay, or possibly even completely new species - in any case, these mysterious cases stimulate our imagination and make us shudder. In the second part of this series we show other curious creatures, for which it is literally not clear whether they are “fish or meat”.

Sea monster? The creepy creatures from the deep sea