Mysterious white blob washed up on Cornish beach eludes identification

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A bizarre, faceless white blob has been found washed up the Cornish coast — and its identity has left even the experts scratching their heads. The mysterious mass was spotted on the shoreline of Marazion beach by Helen Marlow, 50, of Stockport, Greater Manchster, while visiting the area with her husband on holiday. Around five feet across, and about a foot thick, the strange specimen was described as having no particular smell — and didn’t appear to exhibit any obvious signs of damage.

Mrs Marlow said: “I was walking my dog along the beach when I spotted an unusually large, white object on the sand.

“It appeared to be a white, fleshy-looking substance. It had no definite features such as limbs, but appeared to be one mass.

“I couldn’t bring myself to touch it, but I did try to move it with my boot.

“As I did so, it wobbled like a big, fat jelly!”

Mrs Marlow continued: “Seaweed was wrapped around it. So was what I assumed to be a long piece of white rope, slightly frayed in places.

“I felt really curious and baffled as to what it was exactly. I just couldn’t recognise it or compare it to anything I had seen before.

“All I could be sure of was that it was definitely organic matter and I assume it had come from the sea.

“I had absolutely no idea what it was.”

Even experts have been left baffled by the bizarre blob — and unable to make a certain identification.

UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme project manager Rob Deaville said: “It’s difficult to say from these images alone.

“In my opinion, they look like the fragmentary remains of stomachs or an intestinal tract.

“The species — and even the broad taxonomic group — is not clear, unfortunately.”

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Mr Deaville continued: “Maybe it’s a large cetacean species, or possibly a basking shark, but I know the latter is perhaps less likely given the time of year.

“But we do routinely receive reports of fragmentary remains of animals during each year.”

Regardless of the blob’s true nature, Mrs Marlow said that she felt lucky to have encountered something so strange.

She concluded: “I feel honoured to have seen this creature and am really keen to discover its origin and species.”

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