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SPACE & SCIENCE NEWS: July 2003
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Mysterious sea creature washed up in Chile July 13, 2003


unidentified sea creature
Mysterious sea creature washed up in Chile
(Jul. 13, 2003)


So what is it? Marine scientists were initially baffled by this gelatinous mass, 12 meters wide, of an organism washed up on a Chilean beach. They speculated that it could be a previously unknown species or a distorted portion of a known invertebrate, such as a giant squid or a giant octopus. Somewhat disappointingly it now turns out to be nothing more than whale blubber. Researchers at the Museum of Natural History in Santiago ended the mystery when they found the glands of a sperm whale among samples from the tissue. For more on this, go here (MSNBC/Reuters).

To see more bizarre life recently dredged from the deep off the Pacific Ocean's southern fringe, go here (BBC).

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