Philippine globster is mass of collagen, remains from marine animal

Lots of hits for “globster” today relating to the new remains found at Dinagat Islands in the Philippines. As is typical with mystery carcass remains, people wildly speculate what it might be. It has, however, a good explanation.

Remains called the “Dinagat globster” are likely from a whale or shark.

The remains of a large animal believed to be a sea cow washed up on the shore in the Dinagat Islands on Wednesday afternoon, worrying locals.

Sufenia Chua of the Cagdianao Municipal Agriculture Office said that the carcass, which washed up on the beach along Kantigdaon, Poblacion, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands, measured 15 feet in length.

A non-biologist remarked in the article that it is a sea cow but that is not as likely as sperm whale or whale shark, considering the size and shape. A similar smelly blob also appeared on a Philippine beach around this time in 2014. An examination of the carcass is expected. For more photos, head to this facebook page.

Such remains are rather common. The last substance to decompose from a dead marine animal is collagen, a tough and rubbery connective tissue. The remaining blob of collagen appears stringy or furry and does not resemble the original shape and look of the animal. Therefore, many people assume it is an unknown creature.

Addition: Oarfish washing ashore has also caused a recent buzz in the Philippines.

In another instance of a rare and poorly understood phenomenon, several beachgoers pulled a deceased oarfish from the sea in Carmen, Agusan Del Norte, Philippines on Wednesday, after fishermen had caught one off the same coast just days before.

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