Sadly, coastlines around the globe are littered with trash as a result of humanity’s inability to manage their own waste. Whilst this is a tragic shame – one which environmentalists and activists are working hard to eliminate – it is not exclusively trash which is washing up on the sandy shores all around the world.
Deceased sea creatures are also amongst the debris which peppers the Earth’s beaches. For a variety of reasons, scaly sea dwelling animals of all shapes and sizes are appearing on dry land, causing chaos for those who find them and cannot identify their species.
The latest example of such a creature was discovered on a remote beach in the Philippines. The ‘Globster’, as it is being affectionately called, caused quite a frenzy on the quiet island where it was found last month.
You’ll understand why when you see this video…
Dinagat Island, which according to a 2015 census has a population of just 127,152, is known for its natural wonders and rich resources.
It is often described as the “hidden gem” of the Philippines, boasting white sandy beaches and colossal rock formations – and now, decomposing sea creatures.
Naturally, the arrival of such an unwanted visitor has sparked concern with citizens of the island who suspect that it may be a forewarning for something sinister – such as a tsunami.
This isn’t the first time that a ‘globster’ has appeared, they have been cropping up all over the globe in recent years. But as of yet, nobody knows what they are.
Some claim that they are a new species, one not yet known to marine specialists. But, the experts aren’t too convinced by this theory.
For example, Lucy Babey of the animal charity Orca, believes it to be the carcass of a common sea creature, maybe even a whale. “It’s definitely a very decomposed sea creature in the later stages of decomposition,” she explains.
“The carcass is about six meters long, but that’s obviously not the whole carcass – there’s no tail so it would have been bigger than that,” she continues. “That would suggest that it was probably a whale.”
However, the moldy mass is far too decomposed to be officially identified now: “Unfortunately with this animal, it is far too decomposed to be able to get a confident identification on what animal it was,” explains Lucy.
Usually, only 10% of whales and dolphins that die at sea end up on the shore (due to other creatures eating their corpses), but a recent earthquake in the region could explain why this particular ‘globster’ made its appearance.