A globster appears in the Philippines

Globsters (I prefer to call them blobsters [blob+monster]) are large masses of organic remains. “Globster” was coined by cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson to give a name to these unindentifiable blobs of tissue that wash up on shores around the world. One has appeared recently.

Decapitated silver sea blob washes up in Aparri, Cagayan | SciTech | GMA News Online.

Like the unholy offspring of a giant squid and a mollusk without its shell, a mysterious creature washed up the shore of a village in Aparri, Cagayan Thursday, prompting residents to seek help—and take pictures.

24 Oras showed pictures of the silver creature on the beach decomposing, fraying at the ends, and absolutely headless.

At five to six meters long, the creature was never weighed; it is now buried under the sand it was found in, after two days of residents enduring its rotten stench.

Screen shot of globster

Screen shot of globster

As this one was, they stink, being seriously decomposed. They are typically buried on the beach if they don’t wash back out. It can be difficult to carve a chunk out of the rubbery mass. No samples was taken of the creature either but a technical report is supposedly coming next week. In all cases, globsters have been associated with remains of whales or sharks. They are so decomposed that they are unidentifiable and were previously speculated to be giant octopus or unknown species. Tissue tests these days can identify the protein as fish or mammal even after all the diagnostic parts are long gone. The glob is typically made of collagen, common in whales and slow to decompose. It is usually all that remains of the floating blob that washes onshore to the disgust and amazement of observers who think it’s something new and mysterious.

Attack of the Globsters!.

A globster identified as remains of a whale shark.

A globster identified as remains of a whale shark.

  3 comments for “A globster appears in the Philippines

  1. John B
    January 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    “Like the unholy offspring of a giant squid and a mollusk without its shell…” but, squid ARE shell-less mollusks. Isn’t that the same as saying it looked like the offspring of a squid and a squid?

  2. HeatherTwist
    January 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    I like the names! Globster and Blobster are both great. “Blob” reminds me of the data structure though, and this one is certainly not formed of data.

    Given the state of DNA analysis, I don’t see how it would be hard to identify. But it is interesting how these things deteriorate. It seems that masses of plastic bags and oil spills are being degraded by bacteria into “something”. Blobs of fat … from say, a fat human being … turn into an interesting mass of soap.

    http://www.academia.dk/BiologiskAntropologi/Tafonomi/PDF/Adipocere/The_effect_of_the_burial_environment_on_adipocere_formation.pdf

    I saw this happen in my own life in a compost heap I had. Didn’t get hot enough I guess. I suspect the results are different in the ocean of course, but the point is, the decomposition you expect isn’t always what you get.

  3. Markus
    January 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    No samples have been taken therefore but Leonarda Labugen of Region II’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) promised that a technical report is due to be issued within the week. Suggestions have been made, it could be a giant squid or mollusk without shell and more but as we known, this is most probably a whale carcass. Some think it could be a sperm whale due to its shape, but probably the report will help regarding this question. Here are pictures taken from some pictures taken from Jerc Cariño Cinco (https://www.facebook.com/theoriginaljerc/media_set?set=a.10152200741501257.1073741846.698921256&type=1).

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