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SANTIAGO, Chile, July 2 — A huge, gelatinous sea creature found washed up on Chile’s coast has stumped scientists, who have sent samples to a specialist in France for help in identifying the mystery specimen. The dead creature was mistaken for a beached whale when first reported last week, but experts who went to see it said the 40-foot-long mass of decomposing lumpy gray flesh apparently was an invertebrate.

“WE’D NEVER before seen such a strange specimen, we don’t know if it might be a giant octopus that is missing some of its parts or maybe it’s a new species,” said Elsa Cabrera, director of the Center for Cetacean Conservation in Santiago.

The round leathery substance looks like a mammoth jelly fish and is about as long as a school bus.

Giant octopus live at a depth of up to 9,500 feet and only rise to the surface when they die. Specimens have been known to be as long as 30 feet.

There was speculation that the mass might be a whale skin, but Cabrera said it was too big and did not have the right texture or smell.

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The Chilean Navy first spotted the mystery specimen along with another large mass near Puerto Montt, in southern Chile, but the other dead animal turned out to be a humpback whale.

Cabrera’s group sent samples to French specialist Michel Raynal. The center contacted him and his initial impression was that it is a giant octopus, Cabrera told MSNBC.com.

A review of literature found only one other giant octopus of a similar shape and size, Cabrera said, a specimen found on a Florida beach in 1896.

Cabrera noted the Chilean specimen is bigger than what was found in 1896, measuring about 40 feet long, 18 feet wide, and three feet high at its highest point.

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 — A ghostly, 23-foot-long creature glides through the deep sea, its gossamer fins billowing against the black water. Its arms, more than half its total length, trail behind like delicate threads. The squid doesn’t react right away to the submarine’s approach, but it shoots away into the dark once the sub gets too close. Researchers have captured scenes like this on videotape eight times, in four different oceans, within recent years. That’s quite a lot of exposure for an animal that no one has reported seeing before.

 

 

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it baffles the mind to wonder what else is on earth that humans have no clue about. interesting..

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when God hocks a loogie...

 

I swear that we dont need to look to space to find aliens.

They are right here, right now, chilling at the bottom of the sea

with some of the wisest creatures on the planet. Remember those

tree creatures in Lord Of The Rings? Well I sear there's some ancient

shit like that currently underneath us.

 

like this thing -->:chicken:

 

the fuck is that mutant freak?

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i'm conviced that there is some crazy, bugged out shit at the bottom of the ocean. prehistoric monsters and the such.

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Guest willy.wonka

i have this book that shows a bunch of china men pullin out a dead dinosaur....the story read that the community was so sick by the smell that they threw it back in the water....

 

 

how unamerican of them

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there needs to be more sea creature scientist battles, theyve been lacking in the last few years.

 

 

undersea rules.

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Originally posted by nomadawhat

Giant sea creature BATTLES scientists

 

hahaha! :lol:

 

2funky

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Originally posted by mr.yuck

this thread makes me not want to go to the beach anymore.:shook:

 

 

i hear that............

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Originally posted by mogilny

i hear that............

 

last time i went, i stared at a beached whale for 4 hours. it was really depressing.

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interesting

 

stop freaking out though it ain't like it's an alien, just because we aint seen it before doesn't make it a freak, the big retarded squid might need some love too, i say they clone that son of a bitch, if they can find his or her hoo hoo and get some spunk out of it. or some how bring it back to life, that is fucking creepy though.

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YEAH

 

I love stuff like this.

 

I'm going to dig up dinosaur bones in Canada this summer.

 

 

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Fisherman Gerard Hackett examines remains of an unknown sea creature that washed up near the Fortune Bay fishing community of St. Bernard's within past few days. The creature has long, matted white fur and a smell even a hardened fisherman had trouble dealing with. (Photo: Gary Hebbard/The Telegram)

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Originally posted by ink Lunatic

YEAH

 

I love stuff like this.

 

I'm going to dig up dinosaur bones in Canada this summer.

 

 

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Fisherman Gerard Hackett examines remains of an unknown sea creature that washed up near the Fortune Bay fishing community of St. Bernard's within past few days. The creature has long, matted white fur and a smell even a hardened fisherman had trouble dealing with. (Photo: Gary Hebbard/The Telegram)

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