Strange, humanoid “aliens” have been washing up on the beaches of Australia and they have the residents completely stumped.
The creatures, which look creepily like a slug with human lips, have been the center of quite a bit of attention lately as more and more of them are making appearances.
“Does anyone know what this is? Have seen a number of these washed up this week,” asked one resident of the area, who witnessed one of the creatures that had washed ashore.
But while it may look like an alien from a different planet, the truth is a lot less “out there” than one may think.
According to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium aquarist Harry Masefield, the slimy critters are actually a type of mollusk called sea hare, which contain toxins and are harmful if eaten. While humans haven’t been chowing down on these invertebrates, animals may be a different story.
“People don’t munch on them but occasionally a dog might try should it find one washed up on the beach. If the individual hare has been eating particular types of algae it may cause harm to the dog,” he explained.
But this is far from the first “alien” sighting to take place on Australian beaches.
On March 29, a Queensland pastor came across a horrifying sight; a dead creature that possessed claws like a rat, but a skull like a reptile. He posted his find on Instagram where people discussed what the carcass could possibly be.
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But once again, science comes to the rescue. University of Queensland Associate Professor Stephen Johnston assures concerned humans that the body wasn’t extra-terrestrial, but belonged to a rather waterlogged possum.
“The skull and hindlimb give the clues. The animal was probably washed down into the ocean during the floods,” he explained.
In April, another “alien” sea creature was discovered on Bondi Beach. Like the sea hare, the animal’s human-like lips seemed out of place, but a Sea Life Sydney Aquarium supervisor identified the animal as a coffin ray that was simply missing its fins and tail.
It will be interesting to see which bizarre creature washes up in Australia next.
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