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Video: Carcass of Mysterious, Hairy Sea Monster Washes Up In the Philippines

By Charles Omedo , Feb 27, 2017 02:55 AM EST
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Locals say it measures 20-feet long, and video footage shows it is a hairy monstrosity. It washed up ashore the Diganat Islands in the Philippines, but what it is remains mysterious and unknown. Such is the story of carcass of a hairy sea monster that is generating a lot of controversy in the Philippines and among scientists from around the world.

Marine scientists are still trying to make a sense of the whole phenomenon in the Philippines. They want to understand what made this sea monster among other massive sea creatures wash up in the country, and if their washed up carcasses have anything to do with recent earthquakes in the Philippines. Little however is known of the occurrences but scientists continue to investigate and put forward theories as to what might have happened to the sea monsters deep within the mysterious oceans.

Can this be another globster?

A number of sea carcasses washed up on several beaches across the world from time immemorial, and one of them was the famous "globster" named "Trunko". This was beached on the Margate shores in South Africa on October 25, 1924. Up till now scientists could not agree to what this sea monster was, but it was described as a white-furred marine creature that was difficult to describe in fine details, Science Alert reports.

The problem with most of these mysterious sea monsters is that they are almost rotten and badly decayed by the time they wash up on sea shores, AOL states. This is however not the case with massive oarfish that have been sighted a number of times in the Philippines, with one of them beached shortly before the sighting of this current sea monster. Oarfish are not usually seen close to the surface of the ocean; they dwell deep in the waters and grow to up to 800 meters.

Scientists speculate that earthquakes could be causing the sea animals to come ashore

Scientists believe earthquake activities and buildups in the deep oceans could be forcing these sea creatures to abandon the sea and swim to the surface. Other oceanographic phenomena are responsible for their deaths in the deep seas before they are washed ashore and discovered after decaying up. The mystery however is why unknown sea creatures have mostly been washing up to the sea beaches.

Incidentally, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the Philippines on February 10 and another of magnitude 4.6 hit the nation on February 23, days before the oarfish and monstrous sea creature were found beached. According to Rachel Grant of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, a buildup of pressures from an impending earthquake can occur within the rocks at the bottom of the ocean, creating electrostatic charges that shock bottom-dwelling sea monsters into death or force them to the surface. Since oarfish however does not live at the bottom of the sea, it is unclear whether charged ions from earthquake pressures could affect them and force them to beach on sea shores.

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