Globster

Beached specimens of GiganTC Pacific OcTO pus or other organic masses of the Pacific Ocean.

Etymology: Coined by Ivan T. Sanderson to describe the 1960 carcass.

Variant names: Jughead, The Thing. Physical description: No apparent bone structure. Ivory-colored, rubbery, stringy, extremely tough skin. Covered with fine hair or fiber, like greasy sheep's wool. No defined head. No visible eyes. Five gill-like, hairless slits on each side. Smooth, gullet-like orifice. Distribution: Pacific Ocean. Significant sightings: A headless carcass about 20-22 feet long and 4 feet wide was found on the Pacific coast near Delake, Oregon, in March 1950. Local people nicknamed it "Jughead" and cut off pieces of it as souvenirs.

A huge mass of organic material was found on the beach north of the Interview River, Tasmania, Australia, in August 1960 by Ben Fenton, Jack Boote, and Ray Anthony. It measured 20 feet long by 18 feet wide by 4 feet 6 inches thick, and it weighed 5-10 tons. It appeared to be made up of "tendon-like threads welded together with a fatty substance." Over eighteen months, it showed no signs of decomposition. An on-site analysis of the material by Bruce Mollison of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) on March 7, 1962, was unable to provide an identification. A second CSIRO analysis on March 17, 1962, indicated protein and collagen as primary components and suggested the material was "not inconsistent with blubber."

Another fibrous Globster was found in March 1965 on Muriwai Beach, North Island, New Zealand. It was 30 feet long, 8 feet high, and covered with hair 4-6 inches long.

Ben Fenton found a third Australasian Glob-ster south of Sandy Cape, Tasmania, in November 1970. This one was 8 feet long.

An 8- to 10-foot specimen that washed ashore near Wanganui, New Zealand, in early October 1997 was dismissed as a partly decomposed sperm whale.

A 4-ton, 20-foot fibrous mass with six tentacles washed up on Four Mile Beach, northwest of Zeehan, Tasmania, in late December 1997 and was similarly diagnosed as whale blubber. P^ossible explanations:

(1) A Pacific manta ray (Manta hamiltoni), which can weigh up to 1.5 tons, was suggested by A. M. Clark.

(2) Whale blubber, especially the 1965 New Zealand carcass, though no one noticed any characteristic oil, odor, bones, or internal organs.

(3) Remains of a Gigantic Pacific Octopus.

(4) The Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) attains a length of 40 feet. Decomposition causes its muscle fibers to appear stringy. Sources: Victoria (B.C.) Daily Times, March

7, 1950; Ivan T. Sanderson, "Monster on the Beach," Fate 15 (August 1962): 24-35; Tim Dinsdale, Monster Hunt (Washington, D.C.: Acropolis, 1972), pp. 159-160; John Michell and Robert J. M. Rickard, Living Wonders: Mysteries and Curiosities of the Animal World (London: Thames and Hudson, 1982), pp. 27-31; "Bermuda Blob Remains

Unidentified," ISC Newsletter 7, no. 3 (Autumn 1988): 1-6; Richard Ellis, Monsters of the Sea (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994), pp. 303-322; John Moore, "What Are the Globsters?" Cryptozoology Review 1, no. 1 (Summer 1996): 20-29; "Mystery Blobby Found in Tasmania," Fortean Times, no. 109 (April 1998): 21.

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