More than five years ago this subject was being talked about on a fairly normal basis…globsters. These giant lumps of fatty, hairy things were seen washing up on shores from Tasmania to New Zealand and other points around the planet. Now a days though, there’s no mention of these globsters in the news. If there have been any new sightings or findings, it’s not being reported, or it’s just not being taken seriously any longer.
Since I first ran across these stories years ago, these globsters held my attention for awhile, but I’ve never truly been convinced that these things were anything more than what oceanographers had said they were, after many tests…shed fat tissue from whales. But then again, I can be very wrong too. These things might be some kind of unknown sea creature that has been thriving in the deep for some time now. After all, keep in mind that new species of sea creatures continue to be found. Here’s some background information on these globsters as well as pictures of these strange creatures…
The carcass measured 20 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet thick at one end, tapering to just 6 inches at the other. The material was hard and rubbery and covered with fine hairs, “almost like sheep’s wool with a greasy feel”. Five or six gill- like hairless slits were on each side of the high end (front?) where there were four large, hanging lobes, two to a side of a smooth, gullet-like orifice. Even after being informed of the discovery the scientific community showed little interest for almost two years until the Tasmanian Museum undertook an expedition to the remote location. When they arrived they found the lump in the same place with “no smell, no sign of decomposition, and the skin was as hard as ever.” The creature, lump … thing was examined, photographed and pieces were cut off and carried back for analysis. Now the find was a world sensation. Dubbed a Globster in the press, theories ran wild about its origin and classification. Everything from a giant ray to a creature from outer space were suggested and discussed as two years passed. Finally the Australian government made the announcement that the mass of material, unlike anything ever seen before, was nothing more than a whale carcass. A hairy whale with gill slits and which didn’t decompose after two years.
St. Augustine blob
In 1896, an 18-foot long, pink, fibrous mound was found partially buried on a beach near St. Augustine. Speculations as to the lump’s origin lead to pieces being cut off and sent to various scientists and museums around the country, including the Smithsonian, then called the U.S. National Museum. Locals, and at least some members of the scientific community, declared the lump the remains of a giant octopus. Impossible, declared the majority of the scientist of the day. The argument raged long after the Blob had disappeared, probably washed back out to sea. Eventually the argument faded along with the memory.
Even though there does not appear to be any new findings of these globsters, and given the supposed facts that these things were nothing more than whale blubber, the fantastical idea that these globsters might have been some kind of unknown sea going monsters still spark the imagination and give a faint glimmer of hope to cryptozoologists that there may still be an undiscovered species of giants lurking beneath the waves of our immense ocean.