The ocean is full of surprises and millions of species that inhabit it. But if you want to discover a new water-dwelling species, you don’t necessarily need expensive research equipment to find it. Every once in a while, nature will present us with a mysterious gift washed up on our shores.
For many years, tales have been told about a ferocious and carnivorous sea monster prowling the coast of the Philippines.
Though it was assumed that this creature was simply a legend, there is now significant evidence that the stories are true.
Recently, residents in the town of Libon were shocked to find a dead oarfish washed up on the shore.
At 13-feet long, the creature was massive.
Comparisons were made to the mythical sea creature known as Bakunawa after Albay governor Joey Salceda posted a picture of the 110-pound beast on Facebook. Bakunawa is said to be the cause of eclipses, according to local lore.
The myth is believed to have originated from rare old sightings the very real oarfish, which are found deep in the tropical waters near the Philippines, and may grow to up to 36 feet long.
Oddly enough, this oarfish carcass was subsequently sold at a local market. The cause of its death remains unknown, but one can expect that people aren’t going to stop talking about this mystifying monstrosity any time soon.
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