Residents of Greece's island of Crete have been baffled by a mysterious creature that recently washed ashore during a storm.
The creature was spotted near a river in Gournes, a famous tourist area in Crete, after days of bad weather that hit the entire coastal front of the municipality of Hersonissos.
The oddity can be seen in online images lying on the sand seemingly unable to move, and surrounded by debris and other random objects swept away from the water.
The event has raised a lot of discussion between the residents of Greece's largest island, some of whom were scared but others were just curious to know what it was.
According to Petros Lymperakis, who is curator of vertebrate collections at the Museum of Natural History of Crete, the creature is possibly a badger that seems to have lost its hair after being left in the water for some time.
Being in the water also caused it to swell and take on this eerie appearance.
This latest incident comes after a bizarre-looking object stopped a mum in her tracks this week as she enjoyed a leisurely stroll at a Perth beach.
On the sand she spotted something she had never seen before. At first glance it looked like a shell but when she picked it up, it was surprisingly flexible.
The strange item left the mum so perplexed she brought it home to show her daughter.
Some suggested the most probable answer was the object was a conch shell egg sack, also known as a whelk egg casing.
Dried-up egg capsules are laid by a giant conch then stuck to a rock with mucus.
When the capsules are filled with eggs, the mass stands upright, according to the WA government’s online beachcombers education kit.
Once the eggs are hatched, tiny snails about two centimetres in length crawl out.
– Australscope and Yahoo News Staff
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