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Bizarre three-tentacled 'sea monster' identified

By T.K. Randall
January 31, 2020 · Comment icon 13 comments

What exactly is this thing ? Image Credit: TikTok / Nataliia Vorobok
Marine experts have shed light on a recent viral video showing a bizarre sea creature with three tentacles.
The unusual footage was originally posted up on video-sharing social media site TikTok by user Nataliia Vorobok however the exact circumstances and location remain unclear.

The video shows the creature flapping about on a wooden decking or pier, presumably after being fished up by the young man whose voice can be heard expressing disbelief at the peculiar catch.

"What the hell ? What is that ? Mom!" he can be heard shouting. "Ma, you see this ?"

"Holy ****!" his mother replies. "What the hell is that ?"
The video quickly prompted a great deal of speculation on social media with some users likening the creature to something out of the Netflix series Stranger Things.

Now though, Marcus Williams - a marine animal expert at the Ocean Conservation Trust - has shed light on the mystery by revealing what his team believes the creature to be.

"Our marine experts here at the Ocean Conservation Trust have taken a look at the video and without seeing the animal first hand it is of course tricky to identify 100%," he told Unilad.

"However, from what we can see, it does appear to be an underdeveloped skate."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Robotic Jew 4 years ago
Underdeveloped Skate...  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Amanda Evans 4 years ago
Spawn of Cthulhu
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Some species of skate roll in a sort of ball when hurt... they are like this when i catch one while ice fishing.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
It does look like a skate without the 'wings'. Not surprising to see such malformed sea creatures considering how much toxic crap we dump in the waters. It also just happens naturally sometimes.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
Comment icon #9 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 4 years ago
It looks kinda like the baby alien Will Smith's character delivered in Men in Black. LOL
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker 1 year ago
I thought "skate" when I saw two of the "tentacles" were long claspers. Maybe its wings were cut off?
Comment icon #11 Posted by jasmin_13 1 year ago
Honestly, I thought it would be something more bizarre looking.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 1 year ago
Honestly, I thought it might be an octopus that's been in a major fight.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Jon the frog 1 year ago
Nah they are protecting their underbody with their wings, they roll sometimes in some sort of ball too.

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