A mysterious sea creature washed up on the shores of Vietnam and locals are confused as to what it is.
The nerd in me wants to believe this is a body part of Cthulhu, the cosmic entity created by writer H. P. Lovecraft. Or at the very least, proof that Kaijus (Japanese monsters) exist.
However, the realist in me knows this aquatic enigma is probably something a little more subdued.
Video footage of the unusual sea creature shows its hundreds of tentacles moving, which has confused locals after washing up on the beach.
What in the world is this creature:
It’s believed the mysterious species, which looks like a huge piece of seaweed, washed up on Kien Giang shores, in southern Vietnam, on July 29.
A local tour guide, Du Nam Du, happened to come across the creature and placed it on a green plastic table for the Kien Giang locals to stare and gawk at.
In the video, the mysterious creature is seen twisting and turning, probably in fear as it’s likely this is its first interaction with humans and probably not used to this kind of attention.
I guess the human race isn’t making a very good first impression? On each branch of the creature, you can see dozens of smaller tentacles moving around in different directions.
It actually looks like something out of a James Cameron or Ridley Scott film.
Nam Du stated:
I don’t know whether it’s an animal, vegetation or something else?
It was later released back into the ocean – however, locals are still wondering what exactly washed on their shores.
Kim Tho, a local Kien Giang resident, claimed:
It’s a monster. One day it will come back out of the ocean. It’ll be ten times bigger.
Another local resident, Linh Nguyen, was glad to see the back of the creature, saying:
I don’t know what it is but it’s scary. It’s actually gross and I don’t want to be near it.
I’m pretty sure the feeling is mutual Linh.
It’s unknown where the creature came from, or it’s origin. For all we know, it could’ve come crashing down from space and landed in the ocean before washing up in Vietnam of all places.
But the more logical conclusion is that it came from the deepest depths of the ocean and it just happened to find it’s way to land.
While marine biologists have explored the earth’s oceans, they are yet to hit the definitive bottom in parts.
The average depth of the ocean is estimated to be 12,100 feet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The western Pacific Ocean, in the southern end of the Mariana Trench, is the deepest part. Known as the Challenger Deep, it runs several hundred kilometres southwest of Guam, a territorial island off the United States.
Because of technological and engineering limitations, we are yet to discover what’s waiting for us at the bottom of the ocean. Who knows what’s down there in the deep blue sea?
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