A globster is a mass of an organic substance that is found washed up on the shores of a body of water. The name was created in 1962 by Ivan T. Sanderson describing any carcass that has washed up on the shore and being hard to identify with the naked eye.

Many globsters are eventually identified as decayed carcasses of whales, sharks, giant squids, and octopi.  Some globsters may have bones, tentacles, flippers, eyes and other features to help determine the actual creature.

Some scientists claim that unidentified carcasses could be extinct prehistoric creatures that were preserved in ice. Icebergs that contained these creatures broke free, thawed in the warmer waters, and released the carcass in the water, eventually ending up on the shore. However, this theory has never been confirmed as true.

In 1937 a globster known as the “Cadborosaurus willsi” was found, but it was examined after the carcass had decomposed too much to make a definite identification of the species.

In 1956 a globster washed up on the shore of the Alaskan coast. It was estimated to be 100 feet long and covered with a reddish fur. It was officially determined to be the carcass of a Baird’s beaked whale. However, the Baird’s beaked whale will only grow to about 42 feet and they have no fur.

In 1960 a globster was discovered in Tasmania with no visible eyes, no bone structure, and no apparent head.

In 2003 a globster was discovered, known as the “Chilean Blob,” but later was identified as whale blubber from a decaying whale corpse.

A globster was also found in Newfoundland and after DNA analysis, it was determined to be tissue from a sperm whale. Many globsters are found with similar results after analysis and are likely to be remains of a sperm whale.

The following is a list of discoveries described as globsters:

Unidentified carcass from Santa Maria del Mar, Oaxaca, Mexico (1648)

Stronsay Beast (1808)

New River Inlet Carcass (1885)

St. Augustine Monster (1896)

Trunko (1924)

Dunk Island Carcass (1948)

Gulf of Alaska Carcass (1956)

Melbourne-Hobart Carcass (1958)

Tasmanian Globster (1960)

Hamai Beast (1963)

New Zealand Globster (1968)

Tecoluta Carcass (1969)

Tasmanian Globster 2 (1970)

Mann Hill Beach Globster (1970)

Gambo (1983)

Bermuda Blob (1988)

Godthaab Globster (1989)

Hebrides Blob (1990)

North Carolina Globster (1996)

Nantucket Blob (1996)

Bermuda Blob 2 (1997)

Four Mile Globster (1997)

Newfoundland Blob (2001)

Chilean Blob (2003)

Image Caption: The St. Augustine monster “globster” of 1896. Credit: Wikipedia (public domain)