While Crabzilla remains the top hit on tabloids (and here), the media never miss an opportunity to find a weird creature and assume it’s alien.
WRIGGLING around, this mutant creature could be proof there is extraterrestrial life in the sea.
One astonished fisherman plucked this bizarre-looking creature out of the waters and is now convinced he has caught an alien.
The abnormal animal – which almost looks like a mutated octopus – is seen wriggling its mass amount of arms in this incredible video taken shortly after it was caught.
Fisherman Ong Han Boon, 54, had gone to his favourite fishing spot on the island of Sentosa, in southern Singapore, when he captured the eerie sight.
*facepalm* How insanely ignorant was this reporter! It’s a Basket Star. It’s not an alien. Apparently Googling is too hard for people.
Basket stars are of the echinoderm family. It’s related to starfish which radiate five arms from a central disk. In this case, each arm has tentacles armed with hooks that move about in the water (and out of the water). Yes, it’s freaky and weird. But it’s an EARTH-creature. We can delight in the wonder of our own planet and not have to resort to calling something otherworldly because we are clueless about the diversity of life on earth.
These animals eat zooplankton and have been known since 1758. By the way, the binomial name is excellent: Gorgonocephalus means “dreaded head” and ‘caputmedusae’ is the “head of Medusa”.
Thanks to the folks at the Group of Fort Facebook page for posting the story and digging into it.
It is a strange, sad day when the Daily Mail debunks a “strange animal” video.
“I’ve asked all my friends and none of them know and all my internet searches have not turned up anything that looks like this.”
You need a new internet.