New Mysterious Blob found in NZ

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  1. Jean

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    Hi All,

    got these pics from DOC officer (dept conservation) this blob washed ashore 22nd Dec on Oreti Beach near Invercargill (VERY southern NZ). They were sent to me in case it was a squid...........but it doesn't look squiddish to me! It looked mammalish! What do you think?

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    even more, the second one looks like decomposing blubber to me!!!
     

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    Grody... let us know when you figure out what it was.
     
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    Dead whale, doesn't look like basking shark material to me...
     
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    It's a decayed sperm whale melon. Betcha a bag of peanuts.
     
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    The Second I saw it I thought Whale blubber.
     
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    Would those be dry-roasted and salted? I won't accept your bet however. Definitely have to go with the whale theory.
     
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    I'll go with Whale remains aswell.
     
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    just to buck the trend, I'm going to go with "sentient alien fungus."
     
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    Have you been cleaning out your fridge again?

    Honey roasted?
     
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    Well, I am definitely leaning toward something that doesn't decay rapidly like blubber or fat. I have to say, I don't think I would put my keys that close to a dead animal for scale, I would have found something else :yuck:.

    Here's an article on how to identify blobs and globsters...
    http://www.biolbull.org/cgi/content/full/202/1/1
     
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    It's quite clearly dropped it's keys and wallet. Can't you look inside the wallet and see if there is some sort of ID?

    I'll go with whale, a white whale, his spout was a big one, like a whole shock of wheat, and white as a pile of Nantucket wool after the great annual sheep-shearing; he fan-tailed like a split jib in a squall, I reckon
     
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    Our cetacean guy confirmed 'twas a whale! but a very very very decayed one, to decayed to give species!

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    I would certainly vouch for Phil's theory of the sperm whale melon, the "blobettes" sticking out of the main blob, these sort of fingerlike appendages, are most likely the "junk" that's underneath the spermaceti containing reservoir. As it's partitioned by connective tissue, which is hardest to decay, I would put my money on it.
     
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    You're very likely right, but we never got down to see it and he wasn't prepared to go any further without seeing it 1st hand.

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    its gross.... with that answer i cant be wrong
     
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    Oh yes and I'm sure it reeked to high heaven as well!

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