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Strange sea creature washes up in Australia


Posted on Saturday, 22 December, 2018 | Comment icon 10 comments

What type of creature is this ? Image Credit: Reddit / Horrorwolfe
Social media users have been attempting to determine what this peculiar tentacled monstrosity actually is.
Discovered on a beach in the town of Broome on the northern coast of Western Australia, this unusual specimen sparked some heated debate recently after a photograph of it was posted up on Reddit.

Consisting of a mass of black-tipped tentacles with a swollen central appendage, the creature looks quite unlike anything that you would normally expect to find washed up along the shoreline.

"Mother and girlfriend found this on the beach today," Reddit user Horrorwolfe wrote.

"Any idea what it is ?"

While many suggestions have been put forward, the general consensus seems to be that the creature is in fact a type of sea anemone that happens to have been flipped upside-down.

Some have indicated that it could be Dofleinia armata - otherwise known as the armed anemone.

Known to grow up to 20cm across with tentacles 50cm long, this alien-looking species is one of Australia's largest sea anemones.

Given that it also possesses a rather nasty sting, touching it is definitely not recommended.

Source: Newshub.co.nz | Comments (10)

Tags: Sea Creature

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by XenoFish on 22 December, 2018, 12:17
That has to be the weirdest thing I've seen so far.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog on 22 December, 2018, 12:23
Weird creature out of his element ! Probably when alive in his environment it the look is a lot less weird.    
Comment icon #3 Posted by seanjo on 22 December, 2018, 12:35
The answer is in the article, it's an Armed or Striped Anenome.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Stiff on 22 December, 2018, 12:54
Me too but I'll be out in some local town centre bars this afternoon. I'll bet I see something weirder.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ares_Zeusson on 23 December, 2018, 3:58
But neither of those have black tipped tentacles. It doesn't really look like a Leopard, Armed or Gorgonian Wrapper Anemone. This might actually be a new one.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dejarma on 23 December, 2018, 4:13
you could be right-- but i bet it will not be classed as strange for long
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ares_Zeusson on 23 December, 2018, 4:17
I did find this which is allegedly a Dofleinia Armata & it does look similar.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dejarma on 23 December, 2018, 4:21
yep, i agree... do you now feel justified in removing the word strange when describing this wonderful animal? 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Carlos Allende on 23 December, 2018, 9:05
Don't matter if you're black or white. Why do jellyfish always get so sidetracked by Whacko lyrics?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Avalanche on 26 December, 2018, 7:49
Just what i thought if it was found in australia it's most likely to be dangerous and it looks alien.


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