Tabloids totally wrong about Japanese tsunami mystery creature

We are back again to do what we do best, totally bust an inflated story that the tabloids pass off as sensational news. It’s obvious they do NO checking or investigation of the stories, they simply repeat what silly story they make up or are fed from a dubious source.

This time, Marcus Hemmler from Group of Fort determined that the so-called Japanese tsunami “globster” is not so strange and NOT a result of the 2011 tsunami as reported. The story of a creature found in aftermath of the Japan tsunami was reported in the media by the usual suspects and then went on its merry way across the internet.

From The Mirror: “Bizarre creature washed up in aftermath of Japanese tsunami goes viral after survivor releases footage” says that the footage was “shot by a survivor of the devastating natural disaster” and “shows a huge white whale-like creature washed up among debris left behind after the flood.”

From the Daily Star: “What the hell is this? Mysterious creature washes up after tsunami: A STRANGE monster-like creature beached by retreating floodwaters after a tsunami has been caught on camera.”

From the Daily Mail: “Footage of ‘mystery creature’ found washed up in the aftermath of Japan’s tsunami baffles viewers… but is it even an animal? The mysterious object washed up on a Japanese beach after the tsunami; A clip of the ‘whale-like creature’ was filmed by a survivor of the disaster”

ALL FALSE.

The “Blob of Yabuchijima” was actually found in 2010. According to a translation from a Japanese site (so it may not be quite right), in late June 2010, the cultural museum curator heard of a “floating white object in the sea” from local fishermen in the sea off Yabuchijima. On July 4 the remnants were found in the tidal flats at low tide. It was reported to be 6m in length, smelled putrid, and looked like a rock. Guesses as to what is was included whale, giant squid, even a dugong.

The Blob of Yabushima http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51788642.html

The Blob of Yabuchijima from http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51788642.html

Screenshot from 2010 video.

Screenshot from 2010 video.

The tabloids link to a video posted on YouTube dated 2015 but the original version has 1.6 million views and is dated 2010.

Typically, globsters (as they are colloquially called) or blobsters (which I prefer) are large masses of organic remains washed on shore. “Globster” was coined by cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson to give a name to these unindentifiable blobs that beach around the world. The more fantastical judges of the remains will say they are an unknown animal, possibly a giant octopus of massive proportions or a new species of… something. But in most cases, when samples were taken of the remains, they can be determined to be leftovers of a shark or whale. The collagen or blubber of a whale continues to float long after the rest of the body has decomposed or been lost. What remains is unrecognizable as an animal part to those who aren’t experts in the matters.

So, it’s not a mystery creature, really. Just likely an indeterminate whale. It’s also not related to the tsunami of 2011 at all. It’s a nonstory. The tabloids regularly provide you with unchecked, unverified garbage posing as news. Don’t buy it.

  7 comments for “Tabloids totally wrong about Japanese tsunami mystery creature

  1. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    October 15, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    But if the globster washed up a year before the tsunami wouldn’t that make it an omen? Because you know that’s how woo-ists would reinterpret it.

  2. MisterNeutron
    October 15, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    It’s obviously Moby Dick. I’ll bet they found the remains of Gregory Peck tied to it.

  3. Tony
    October 15, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    “Only the most unprejudiced of men like Stubb, nowadays partake of cooked whales; but the Esquimaux are not so fastidious. We all know how they live upon whales, and have rare old vintages of prime old train oil. Zogranda, one of their most famous doctors, recommends strips of blubber for infants, as being exceedingly juicy and nourishing. And this reminds me that certain Englishmen, who long ago were accidentally left in Greenland by a whaling vessel—that these men actually lived for several months on the mouldy scraps of whales which had been left ashore after trying out the blubber. Among the Dutch whalemen these scraps are called “fritters”; which, indeed, they greatly resemble, being brown and crisp, and smelling something like old Amsterdam housewives’ dough-nuts or oly-cooks, when fresh. They have such an eatable look that the most self-denying stranger can hardly keep his hands off.”

    — Herman Melville, “Moby Dick”

  4. Ronald H. Pine
    October 16, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    The Great American Novel has already been written and its name is Moby Dick.

  5. October 19, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    There is good reason to think this particular globster is the relic of a sperm whale´s nose. The overall shape and size fits very well with the huge boneless chunk of tissue covering a sperm whales head. The skin on the nose area is especially thick, what could also explain why it remained comparably intact after it removed from the underlying bony structures during the decomposition of tissue. The bulbous head of the sperm whale contains its spermaceti organ as well as a big structure which was called “junk” by the whalers. In some views of the globsters there is also a structure visible, which looks quite similar to the blowhole of a sperm whale. What´s especially interesting is the location, which is slightly on the left side, what´s the very same location as those of a sperm whale, as sperm whale blowholes are unique among all cetaceans to be located not only at the front of the “nose” but also assymetrically on the left side.
    For comparison the internal structures of a sperm whale head:
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sperm_whale_head_anatomy.svg
    And the laterally positiond C-shaped blowhole:
    http://www.oceanwanderers.com/SpermWhale.7342.JPG
    http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/Hawaii/2010Dec08_D17_RWB_0218cropresize.jpg

  6. David H
    October 19, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Whale bacon??

  7. Ray Sutera
    October 21, 2015 at 4:13 AM

    You’re gonna need a bigger frying pan…

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