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Deep Sea Monster Baffles Scientists

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the as-well-it-ought dept.

Science 138

sbszine writes "The Sydney Morning Herald has a report of a bizarre sea creature that has washed up on the coast of Chile. The creature is grey, lumpy, and the size of a school bus. Scientists have ruled out the possibility that it may be a whale -- the creature is an invertebrate, and perhaps even a new species."

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Also found nearby... (5, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345299)

'And wow! Hey! What's this thing coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding word like... ow... ound... round... ground! That's it! That's a good name -- ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?'

ref [umich.edu]

reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6348607)

The plagerism brought to you from "The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy".

Re:Also found nearby... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6350143)

It's like the 1st Commandment of Flying: Thou shalt keep thine airspeed constant, lest the ground Rise Up and Smite thee.

Can't find pics of it (1)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345303)

Maybe someone has seen something like this before. Are there any pics of it?

Many eyes make all oceans shallow.

Re:Can't find pics of it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6345315)

Yeah. I always believe stories about mysterious sea-monsters without any photographic evidence.

Re:Can't find pics of it (3, Funny)

hplasm (576983) | more than 11 years ago | (#6347657)

Cthulhu fhtagn, Cthulhu fhtagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! No Cameras! No Cameras! Cthulhu fhtagn!

pic of it... (3, Informative)

tordia (45075) | more than 11 years ago | (#6350062)

This pic [nzoom.com] of the thing doesn't show it all, but it definitely looks big and like it would smell bad.

nessie? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6345316)

Did the Loch Ness Monster escape?

(hey - it's got to be considered!)

So what's the point.. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6345330)

.. if it doesn't have frikin' laserguns on it's head?!

Re:So what's the point.. (1)

chia_monkey (593501) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345363)

Don't worry...

It's an ill-tempered sea monster...

CowboyNeal!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6345335)

They finally found him!

Re:CowboyNeal!! (1)

gedanken (24390) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346071)

Certainly explains his recent absence from the /. poll.

CUT IT UP!! (1)

flikx (191915) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345352)

Maybe my keys are in it! I have looked everywhere for them. :-/

Re:CUT IT UP!! (1)

poity (465672) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345417)

Check your hand. No, your other hand.

It's the last place I look sometimes..

Re:CUT IT UP!! (1)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345553)

Well of course, it's *always* the last place you look.

Re:CUT IT UP!! (1)

clambake (37702) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346894)

Well of course, it's *always* the last place you look.

Not for me. I found em and I just kept on lookin, you know, just in case.

Amazing (0)

a5cii (620929) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345353)

If its not a squid its amazing how it could support that big a body mass being an invertebrate, or maybe its just half chewed - note : whales have been known to eat squid and vice versa

whatever it is it is amazing.

Re:Amazing (2, Insightful)

geoswan (316494) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345423)

Squids have a hard beak inside, just like octopi. If the carcass is complete, figuring out if it is a squid should be easy, no matter how decomposed it is...

Re:Amazing (1)

bobbozzo (622815) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345516)

And they found it near a dead whale...
giant squid and whales are known to attack each other. (evidenced by sucker marks found on dead whales, etc.)

Re:Amazing (1)

rworne (538610) | more than 11 years ago | (#6348926)

Sperm whales deep-dive after giant squid. Baleen whales eat krill and other *small* ocean invertebrates. The dead humpback found near the "mass" is a baleen whale.

Re:Amazing (3, Insightful)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345459)

(Presumably) being a sea creature, wouldn't bouyancy make supporting a large body mass something of a non-issue? A big bag of muscle can get around pretty good in a basically 0-gravity environment. (Giant squid!)

Not to say that it's not an interesting find. :P but like most everyone else, I'd like some pics.
=Smidge=

Squiddy pics (1)

limitations (561445) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345521)

http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/News_and_Information/P ress_Releases/2000/20000630.html

Link to some good pics of giant squid. mmm sushi..

Re:Amazing (1)

t (8386) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345710)

Yeah, I was thinking that the whale probably ate it, maybe even died from it, and thats the reason it's so hard to ID.

Fine journalism (4, Insightful)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345384)

Photographs showed a round leathery substance like a mammoth jelly fish, about as long as a school bus.

So show us the above mentioned photographs already! What the fuck kind of tease is this?

GMD

Re:Fine journalism (3, Informative)

arsheive (609065) | more than 11 years ago | (#6347966)

This CNN article [cnn.com] has a photo.

Re:Fine journalism (1)

JediTrainer (314273) | more than 11 years ago | (#6348848)

This CNN article has a photo.

Last I checked, ads don't count.

parent is a troll (1)

barakn (641218) | more than 11 years ago | (#6349953)

The only "photos" you'll see are in advertisements.

Re:parent is a troll (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 11 years ago | (#6351047)

The only "photos" you'll see are in advertisements.

Huh? I see a photo [cnn.net] .

parent is a troll

Pot,kettle,black.

Re:Fine journalism (1)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 11 years ago | (#6350514)

The BBC's version [bbc.co.uk] has a picture.

If that link dosen't work, goto the BBC site and you'll find it in the News -> Science bit.

Re:Fine journalism (1)

Thing 1 (178996) | more than 11 years ago | (#6351518)

about as long as a school bus
Wait, wait -- how many VW bugs is that again?

CNN has photos (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 11 years ago | (#6351724)

Link [cnn.com] . Only two of them.

Have the considered the posibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6345392)

That it may be a tumor that doctors removed from Marlon Brando?

pictures? (0)

bryanthompson (627923) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345398)

what, no picture?

Move along, nothing to see here.

Similar Event: Picture included (1)

limitations (561445) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345431)

Haven't been able to find a picture on the mentioned article, but I did find this. It mentions that twice strange "blobs" have washed up on shore and this one was only a few years ago.

http://www.mysterymag.com/html/tasmanian_blobste r. html

Re:Similar Event: Picture included (2, Informative)

limitations (561445) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345591)

Sry, found another picture, looks more like a possiblity.

..and no one can figure out what it is..

..8 meters long..

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVN ew s/20020917/fundy_shark020917/SciTech/story/

Re:Similar Event: Picture included (1)

barakn (641218) | more than 11 years ago | (#6350249)

Nova Scotia != Chile
Sept. 2002 != June 2003
Whale shark != gelatinous invertebrate blob

Climate change causing this? (4, Interesting)

Arthur Dent (76567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345408)

I wonder if the changing climate is responsible for driving these creatures away from their normal habitats. First a giant squid [news.com.au] , now a giant 'thing'?

I wonder how many new species we will see before and after the earth slides into an ice age [discover.com] ?

Re:Climate change causing this? (1)

bofkentucky (555107) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345429)

Ice Age, that would suggest "Global Cooling", that's not going to sit well with some people around this joint

Re:Climate change causing this? (2, Funny)

Arthur Dent (76567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345454)

Well, I was going to put in a link to the global warming theories, but decided against it since the global cooling theories do not get that much visibility :)

Re:Climate change causing this? (1)

rtaylor (70602) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345501)

How about the theory that global warming causes changes in the oceans tides which in turn causes a cold period at the poles -- making glaciers that run people down.

Re:Climate change causing this? (1)

$rtbl_this (584653) | more than 11 years ago | (#6347593)

...making glaciers that run people down.

That's just natural selection in action. The human race doesn't need people who move at geological speeds (or, as they're more commonly called, civil servants).

Re:Climate change causing this? (1)

t (8386) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345694)

<sarcasm> Yeah, before mankind started fscking with the environment these creatures lived forever, never dieing naturally and washing up on shore. </sarcasm>

not many (2, Insightful)

Councilor Hart (673770) | more than 11 years ago | (#6348416)

I wonder how many new species we will see before and after the earth slides into an ice age?

I don't think you, me or we are going to see many new species before or after.
What others will see are your, mine and our dead corpses.
And they will see it long before the end of any ice age.

Southpark? (1, Funny)

forsetti (158019) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345422)

Reminds me of a certain SouthPark episode, involving a Trapper Keeper.......

Mr Garrison: ... Children, there's some huge bulbous monstrosity heading for the classroom! ...

Rosie O'Donnell: Hello, kids!

Maybe she went swimming and drown?

Re:Southpark? (1)

elmegil (12001) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345592)

But she's presumably a vertebrate, being able to walk upright and all.

Re:Southpark? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6345804)

I've seen her walk upright, but I've yet to see proof she's a vertebrate.

Re:Southpark? (1)

elmegil (12001) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346457)

An A/C wrote:

I've seen her walk upright, but I've yet to see proof she's a vertebrate.

So how many invertebrates have you seen walk upright?

Think Bugs... (1)

Canar (46407) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346524)

Must be an insect or two that does it.

Re:Southpark? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6346750)

Uhhh...he just said...Rosie O'Donnell.

Pay attention.

They FINALLY... (1)

bsrokc73013 (632614) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345439)

found one of Cowboy Neal's ancestors!

Re:They FINALLY... (0, Flamebait)

rodolfo.borges (415394) | more than 11 years ago | (#6347091)

Or maybe a Cowboy Neal's son?

No Pictures? (1)

Randolpho (628485) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345461)

I mean, come on, how can we discuss this without knowing what it looks like?

Maybe... (2, Funny)

dlockamy (597001) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345467)

It's Saddam's long lost WMDs..
(biological division of course)

From the CCC website (2, Informative)

smoondog (85133) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345533)

The CCC's website (referenced in the article) has found a large beached whale recently [ccc-chile.org] . Perhaps the article confused this beached whale (which the article may speculate on the species? My spanish == bad, My spanish via babel == only slightly better) There is a picture, but it is clearly a whale.

-Sean

Re:From the CCC website (2, Informative)

AresTheImpaler (570208) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345926)

They found 2 animals. the first one was the whale found at Las Mancillas. The other one was found at a beach called Pinuno which is 3.9 kilometers to the north of Las Mancillas. When CCC was alerted of the second aminal they first thought it was another whale, but after they saw the carcass they realized it was an invertebrate. They are now sending some tissues to France so they can have a genetic analissis. They believe is a giant octpus. (that is found in the last 2 paragraphs of the webpages you gave us).

Re:From the CCC website (2, Informative)

ccady (569355) | more than 11 years ago | (#6347003)

The bottom of the referenced page [ccc-chile.org] mechanically translates to:

STRANGE FINDING

CCC also it was alerted of a second varamiento of whale in the Pinuno beach, 3.9 kilometers to the north of the place where the unit of jorobada whale is located, reason why Sunday attended the place in hours in the morning.

When acceding to the zone, the inspection equipment could verify that it would not be a cetacean, but of an invertebrate of great dimensions. To grief that other declarations affirm that it would be the leather of a died whale in the ocean, CCC are making the managements to send samples from weave to France with the purpose of making genetic analysis to determine if a mysterious animal is a giant squid (Octopus giganteus) of which a water registry exists only of Florida, the United States, in 1896.

It's been identified (0, Troll)

ewhenn (647989) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345542)

A large jelly like invertebrate as large as a school bus. American scientists have concluded what really washed up on the shore is no other than Rosie O'Donnel [sp?]

A slashtroll (5, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 11 years ago | (#6345557)

Obviously, this is the remains of a slashtroll.

Consider: Large. Smelly. Spineless. Gray.

A slashtroll ventured away from his keyboard under the bridge, and went to the beach, perhaps in search of a mate. It was caught by the sunlight (which it was completely unprepared for) and killed.

So, all we need is for some sick^Wstupid^Wbrave person to volunteer to visit the depths of -1 and see what trolls have stopped posting.

I'd volunteer, but I just don't care.

Sushi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6345976)

In other news, a new type of sushi has been added to menus in Chile. Enthusiastic connoisseurs have praised the delicate texture and exotic flavor.

Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li! (5, Funny)

dasunt (249686) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346023)

"Formless protoplasm able to mock and reflect all forms and organs and processes - viscous agglutinations of bubbling cells -- rubbery fifteen-foot spheroids infinately plastic and ductile -- slaves of suggestion, builders of cities -- more and more sullen, more and more intelligent, more and more amphibious, more and more imitative! Great God! What madness made even those blasphemous Old Ones willing to use [...] such things?

"At the Mountains of Madness", by H. P. Lovecraft

I'm waiting for the next slashdot story: "Decapitated, Slime-Covered Body of Researcher Found!"

CTHULU (2, Insightful)

tqft (619476) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346838)

CTHULU
CTHULU
Cthulu
Cthulu
Cthulu
Cthulu

Re:CTHULU (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6348072)

i thought it was supposed to be spelled 'Chultu'.

Chileans - smarter than the Oregon Highway Patrol (5, Funny)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346030)

At least they didn't put a cache of explosives under it and try to get rid of it by detonating it.

Re:Chileans - smarter than the Oregon Highway Patr (2, Informative)

ddstreet (49825) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346608)

At least they didn't put a cache of explosives under it and try to get rid of it by detonating it.

Yep, the Oregon State Highway Division already tried that [airbubble.com] , and it didn't work [gloop.org] !

Re:Chileans - smarter than the Oregon Highway Patr (1)

Hoch (603322) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346977)

Come on, you knew that eventually someone would film the blowing up of a whale. If for nothing else, the wanted to get on "When Whales Explode" or whatever it was on FOX.

Possibly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6346298)

The U.S. Navy is testing a new high-powered sonar system. Perhaps it is killing ocean animals whose existence we are (previously) unaware of?

Re:Possibly... (1)

sirmikester (634831) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346462)

Good point, I think that we don't know enough about the ocean to be using such high powered sonar. For all we know, we could end up killing off an entire new species...

Re:Possibly... (4, Informative)

elite lamer (533654) | more than 11 years ago | (#6347416)

The U.S. Navy is testing a new high-powered sonar system. Perhaps it is killing ocean animals whose existence we are (previously) unaware of?

Do invertebrates have ears? I don't know the answer, but I do know quite a good deal about the U.S. Navy's sonar program (called SURTASS or sometimes SURTASS LFA) as I just spent the past week researching it for a debate tournament.

SURTASS LFA (Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System, Low Frequency Active) sends out sonar pings to search for mines, submarines, and the like at around 180 dB, though it can get louder or quieter than that. It does indeed cause severe damage to marine life, particularly whales and dolphins, who communicate with sonar and therefore are susceptible to this type of sonar. It causes severe acoustic trauma and sometimes bleeding around the ears and even death. It is also known to cause strandings of whales...

The reason I bring this up is that if any sea creature doesn't have ears/can't hear sound/whatever, they are immune to this type of sonar. However, if they do have ears, they can be quite vulnerable to it. Do any invertebrates have ears? Do squid? This could be related.

Re:Possibly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6347950)

I hope you aren't planning to win that debating tournament. Not having ears does not make you immune to ultrasonic damage. Sure, ears are sensitive o sound (thats what they're for), but sound is vibration. High decibel noise can cause a concussive force powerful enough to damage tissue - possibly enough to kill.

Re:Possibly... (1)

Raindog (13847) | more than 11 years ago | (#6350700)

I dont know about squid/octopuses per say...but most marine animals have an ability to sense sound. Fish, for example, have a lateral line running down their sides for this purpose. Its not sonar, but its useful for figuring out if something is moving near you.

I have no idea wether these systems would be impacted by this sonar.

Re:Possibly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6351186)

I hate FUD... in all of it's forms, including catastrophism. You very kindly negleted to mention at what distance SURTASS is able to cause 'severe acoustic trauma'. If it's a range of 20ft, then you know, I can't really bring myself to care all that much, a 20ft time variable strip of ocean is quite literally, a drop in the bucket. The swath of propellers on an aircraft carrier is more deadly, or a pleasure yacht for that matter. Now, if you're talking 7 or 8 miles, that's a different story. w/o data, you are engaging in FUD. If you argue like this at your debate, you are going to lose.

time running out? (1)

no toys in the attic (637286) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346352)

It's already decaying, shouldn't they maybe, you know, find out what it is before it disintegrates into foul-smelling mush?

Whatever it is (4, Funny)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346580)

The dead creature was mistaken for a beached whale when first reported about a week ago, but experts who went to see it said the 12-metre mass of decomposing lumpy grey flesh apparently was an invertebrate.

In other news, Darl McBride doesn't know what it is either, but has confirmed that SCO will sue it.

McBride alleged that being an "[nvertebrate] mass of decomposing lumpy grey flesh" is a business process patent owned exclusively by, and licensed exclusively to, SCO, and that therefore the sea monster is infringing SCO's IP.

humpback whale found nearby (2, Interesting)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 11 years ago | (#6346707)

"The Chilean Navy first spotted the mystery specimen along with another large mass, but the other dead animal turned out to be a dead humpback whale."

I thought it was well known that humpback whales and giant squid were mortal enemies... I'd say these two had an all out battle and both died as a result.

Well that's my theory, I'm stickin' to it.

Re:humpback whale found nearby (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6348287)

They are not. You're thinking of a sperm whale.

Re:humpback whale found nearby (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 11 years ago | (#6351107)

True, but sometimes the squid make mistakes [mus.pa.us] :
Sperm whales eat squid and originally it had been thought that such battles were the result of a sperm whale taking on a squid that was just to large too be an easy meal. The incident with the Brunswick might suggest otherwise.


The Brunswick was a 15,000 ton auxiliary tanker owned by the Royal Norwegian Navy. In the 1930's it was attacked at least three times by giant squid. In each case the attack was deliberate as the squid would pull along side of the ship, pace it, then suddenly turn, run into the ship and wrap it's tentacles around the hull. The encounters were fatal for the squid. Since the animal was unable to get a good grip on the ship's steel surface, the animals slid off and fell into the ship's propellers.

Perhaps, for some unknown reason, the Brunswick looked like a whale to the squids. This might suggest that the sperm whale is not always the aggressor in the battles. In fact, though many sperm whales have been captured, few of their stomachs seemed to contain parts of giant squids (though smaller squids seem to provide a large portion of the sperm whale's diet).
It's a good hypothesis, foniksonik.

Oh come on! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6346931)

I would have thought that someone would have suggested picking the thing up and dumping it in front of SCO HQ. Where the hell have all the zealots gone?

This story after rejecting so many??? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6347064)

In the past several months there have been stories of new species of giant jellyfish discovered, new species of tiny seahorses, and several new ocean species in New Zealand. These stories get rejected, but a story about a rotten whale carcass (with NO pictures, btw) gets on here? What are you fucktard crackhead editors mainlining?

Re:This story after rejecting so many??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6347973)

What are you fucktard crackhead editors mainlining?

Errr, crack?

sounds like a squid allright (1)

Rxke (644923) | more than 11 years ago | (#6347115)

Coastguard reported a dead humpback floating near it, before it ashed ashore. These toothed whales often engage in battle with giant squids, Squids being very yummy for those whales, although fierce combatants, and big to boost! Looks like both parties didn't survive the clash. Should explain the missing tentacles.

Nope. That's sperm. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6348610)

Um, those would be SPERM whales that eat giant squid, not Humpback whales. Please remember not to confuse "Sperm" and "Hump Back". It could be embarrasing in other circumstances...

Who is naming these whales anyway, Ron Jeremy?

Re:Nope. That's sperm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6351410)

Indeed.

"Why aren't they singing?"

"Umm, Jim? Those aren't George and Gracie."

"...Uhoh."

Re:sounds like a squid allright (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6351397)

Humpback whales dont have teeth. They have baleen. They suck a bunch of water into their mouths and force it back out through the baleen, trapping fish and krill and plankton and shrimp.

I've got it!! (2, Funny)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 11 years ago | (#6347367)

The creature is grey, lumpy, and the size of a school bus.

Jimmy Hoffa! I knew he'd be found!

Photos of Sea Lump (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6347685)

There are photos available on the CNN site:
"Giant sea creature baffles Chilean scientists"
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/americas/07/02/chile .science.reut/index.html [cnn.com]
Unless someone has already posted

Re:Photos of Sea Lump (1)

Noofus (114264) | more than 11 years ago | (#6348862)

I dont get it, wheres the picture?

mod parent down? (1)

Jeremiah Blatz (173527) | more than 11 years ago | (#6349451)

ac writes:

There are photos available on the CNN site:
"Giant sea creature baffles Chilean scientists"
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/americas/07/02/chile .science.reut/index.html
Unless someone has already posted
But there are no photos.

Re:Photos of Sea Lump (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6349470)

Ummm.... I didn't see any photos

Re:Photos of Sea Lump (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6349582)

Here, you can see [fark.com] the creature

Re:Photos of Sea Lump (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6350126)

OH! Dude... That's nasty!

Parent is a TROLL (-1, Offtopic)

smoondog (85133) | more than 11 years ago | (#6351733)

Mod down

It's.... (1)

codexus (538087) | more than 11 years ago | (#6348070)

The Blob [imdb.com] !

Baloney (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6348252)

How stupid do you have to be not to understand this is made up? It's nonsense, it has the same truth value as your beloved weapons of mass destruction.

Re:Baloney (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6350926)

Oh beloved weapons of mass destruction why wont you marry me?

Read Me (Funny) (1)

Hellraisr (305322) | more than 11 years ago | (#6348604)

Remember that old joke about what do you call a million lawyers at the bottom of the sea? (the answer is: a good start).

Well.. they're back!

Identity Known (2, Funny)

MountainLogic (92466) | more than 11 years ago | (#6349621)

It's the source code for Internet Explorer

texture and smell (3, Funny)

chloroquine (642737) | more than 11 years ago | (#6350224)

"There was speculation that the mass might be a whale skin, but Cabrera said it was too big and did not have the right texture or smell."

The thing that intrigues me is that there are people who have expertise in the area of texture and smell of decomposing whale skin. Is there a professional society for these people?

Anyway, sounds neat, and I'm sure they can figure out if it is a whale by doing a little PCR and sequencing. (I think this is my answer to most science questions these days)

another story about deep sea monsters (2, Interesting)

witts (552031) | more than 11 years ago | (#6351420)

anyone else remember reading about underwater microphones picking up a sound that is unidentified by marine biologists? Apparently the sound is so loud they had to check for geology explanations such as volcanoes or earthquakes. Marine biologists claim that the giant squid could not make the noise because it lacks a throat or something similar. So... they have a rare recording they think came from a living creature so large that no one knows what it is! Makes you think about what lurks in the deep ocean....
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