Mysterious sea animals washed ashore in 2018, of shaggy-haired ‘globster’ to ‘contracting’ blob

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Beachgoers around the world discovered a wonderful sea creatures this year, as strong currents and storms pushing them to the surface.

In Texas, a fish that usually swims in a water depth of 1,200 meters was found lifeless on the sand in Corpus Christi. New Zealand residents saw a bright pink creature that appeared to be the largest species of jellyfish in the world during a family outing. And that is just the beginning.

Photos and videos from a variety of unique ocean found were shared online, and (no surprise) quickly went viral. Some were considered to be local treasures, while others were studied and reviewed by marine experts to help them better understand the rare species.


Here is a look at some of the most enigmatic sea creatures that washed ashore in 2018.

“Globster” with tousled hair

A giant hairy sea creature washed ashore in the Philippines in May, which the locals flock to the San Antonio beach, snap photos of the mysterious “blob” is much referred to as a “globster.”

The carcass of the animal measured about 20 meters long, to The Sun. A video of the enormous greyish white creature posted on YouTube showed two men with ropes together to pull the monster out of the water.

Fisheries law Enforcement Officer Vox Krusada told the British newspaper that — on the basis of the size and shape of the creatures, and what marine experts observed — officers were able to confirm that it was the body of a whale.

Thick-tailed batfish

A strange-looking fish that lives at the bottom of the sea shocked Texas park rangers when they are washed up on Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi in June.

Photographer Edie Bresler was scanning the beach for hidden treasures, when he spotted the big-eyed fish. With his bumpy skin and wide mouth, Bresler was not exactly what he was looking for. So he quickly took his camera and started snapping.

“I’ve got beachcombing all my life so to come across something strange like this-it was quite exciting,” Bresler explains in a Facebook post. “It was even better when I took the photos to the park rangers and they were equally baffled.”

Bresler sent his pictures to officials at Padre Island National Seashore. After carefully studying the creature and comparing the images of the fish in various scientific books, they determine it was a thick tail batfish.

“These fish come from 600-1200 metres (180-365 meters deep, where the ocean life gets WEIRD,” the park explained. “Batfish make use of their chest, or side-fins as “legs” to “crawl” on the ocean floor to feed on worms, small crustaceans and fish. They live their lives in complete darkness, where big eyes will probably come in handy to prevent lanternfish, or other potential predators.”

Giant “tender” blobVideo

A large “tender” creature washed up on Pakiri Beach, about 55 km north of Auckland, New Zealand in September.

It was first spotted by local Adam Dickinson, who instructed his children not to touch.

“My first thought was: let my children touch them, as they went running to look,” Dickinson, who lives in Stanmore Bay, recalled to Fox News.

Dickinson’s children in comparison with the pink creature to a “volcano.”


Later he discovered the mystery creature was a lion’s mane jellyfish and it was still alive.

A lion’s mane jellyfish, also known as the “giant jellyfish,” can grow as large as a blue whale. The tentacles can reach 190 meters long and have a clock with a diameter of 7 metres, according to Oceana, an international conservation organization.

Rare “vivid” blue jellyfish

New Jersey beaches dotted with “blue-button jellyfish,” a disc-shaped, floating organisms that typically measures about 1 inch in diameter, in October.

“They were so vibrant, it was unreal, so I couldn’t help but stop and take notice,” said Suzanne Schenker, who ran along the coast of Beach Harbor when they saw a couple of jellyfish, told WCBS-TV.

Schenker posted photos of the round creatures in the “New Jersey Jellyspotters,” a Facebook group with about 800 members.

Marine biologist Paul Bologna, a biology professor at Montclair State University, commented on the Donor’s message, to confirm they were, in fact, porpita porpita, also known as the blue button jellyfish. Bologna said the powerful winds of Hurricane Florence probably pushed the tropical jellyfish north.

“It is the first time that I have ever seen in New Jersey, Bologna told NJ Advance Media, they were probably from the blow of the gulf stream. “I have seen them in Florida, but never in this area. They are beautiful and wonderful.”

“Alien”-looking raw skateVideo

After a turbulent storm in Canterbury, New Zealand, at the end of November, the piles of “rubbish” washed up. But a plastic-looking sheet turned out not to be trash.

Local Hanna Maria discovered the sea creature in a Rakaia Huts beach, screaming after they realized it wasn’t just another piece of trash — it was the skeleton of an alien-like critter.

“When I pulled it out and saw all the teeth and barbs, I was convinced it was a rare deep-sea creature,” Mary told Fox News. “I was so excited, because I love the ocean and its inhabitants.”

Malcom Francis, a fisheries scientist and marine ecologist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), told the New Zealand Herald, the creature was a New Zealand rough skate.

“They are the so-called rough skate, because they are very prickly … it is very common in Canterbury,” Francis, who has been studying the fish for more than 40 years, told the newspaper. “It’s like a flat shark, has a skeleton made of cartilage. They spend much of their time on the bottom.”

New Zealand rough skate can grow to almost 3 metres, and usually swim at about 700 feet below the surface of the ocean, according to Talley’s Group, a New Zealand-based agribusiness company. The company noted that the species is “considered a delicacy” in the country.

“Pancake batter”-like the sea sprayVideo

Sea spray were spotted off the coast of Maine in November.

The population of the jelly-like marine invertebrate animals — also known as tunicates — has grown rapidly in the past few years, and they start to wipe out other organisms that are essential for the ecosystem of the ocean, researchers in the area warned.

“They have a banner year this year. They are out there to compete with the seaweed and [other bodies] on the bottom,” Larry Harris, a professor in the zoology UNH, told the Bangor Daily News on Nov. 15.

Sea spray, 2-inch-long organisms that tend to live in the woods, holding on to coral, seaweed and other objects found in the vicinity of the bottom of the sea, the Chesapeake Bay Program is online. They have their nickname because of the way they feed they suck the water through from one of their siphons, to filter food particles and to remove waste products back outside through a siphon.

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