That Hairy Thing That Washed Up on Shore: What Exactly is A “Globster”?

A few days ago, the internet went crazy over a hairy blob of mass that washed up on the Dinagat Islands. It caused such a stir that even international news platforms reported about it.

While others wondered what it was, the term “globster” came about, and it sounded like a freakish creature from the depths of the ocean.


A “globster” however, according to Wikipedia is “is an unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water. A globster is distinguished from a normal beached carcass by being hard to identify, at least by initial untrained observers, and by creating controversy as to its identity.”


While globsters come in various appearances, this one closely resembles the one nicknamed “Trunko,” a globster sighted along the shores of Margate, South Africa which also had a similar “hairy” appearance.


Photo of “Trunko” taken from Wikipedia

The globster at Dinagat Islands is thought to have either been a whale or a manatee but in its advanced stages of decomposition that it has become difficult to identify.

What do you think it is?