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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

'Alien?' Mystery blob-like creature leaves locals baffled after washing up on an Australian beach - and even experts aren't sure what it is

  • Queensland woman found the sea creature washed ashore during her walk
  • She shared images of the creature to Facebook unsure of what it is
  • Expert explained that the creature could be a tunicate, also known as sea pork
A bizarre looking creature washed up on a Queensland beach has left locals baffled.
Pictures of the mysterious creature were shared by a Facebook user who stumbled across it during her morning walk. 
'Discovering a creature on the beach - don't think it's ambergris which is whale poop worth a fortune,' she wrote. 
The image shows the blob-like creature on the sand with slimy skin and peculiar features. 
A weird looking creature has washed up on a Queensland beach leaving experts confused as to what it is
A weird looking creature has washed up on a Queensland beach leaving experts confused as to what it is
'Alien?' one person asked.
'Could it be a sea hare. I did a search for images and there's some pretty blobby pics,' another suggested. 
Griffith University Marine Biologist Dr Olaf Meynecke explained the mysterious sea creature could be a tunicate, also known as sea pork. 
'But (it's) not the classic single tunicate that we normally know from diving along rocky shores or reefs. This one appears to be one that formed a colony of many individual tunicates,' Meynecke told 7News
'Once they wash ashore it all looks like a single blurb but in the water it would reveal its more complex structure. 
'Most single tunicates are in fact very beautiful organisms somewhere between a vertebrate and invertebrate - though they technically don't have a vertebrae, they are still in the group Chordata.'
Griffith University Marine Biologist Dr Olaf Meynecke explained that the mysterious sea creature could be a tunicate, also known as sea pork
Griffith University Marine Biologist Dr Olaf Meynecke explained that the mysterious sea creature could be a tunicate, also known as sea pork

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