Social media users have tried to determine what this extraordinary tentacular monstrosity really is. This unusual specimen was discovered on a beach in the town of Broome on the north coast of western Australia and sparked a heated debate recently after a photograph of it was posted on Reddit.
Comprising a mass of black – tipped tentacles with a swollen central appendage, the creature looks quite different from anything you would normally expect to find washed along the coast.
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“Mother and girlfriend found this today on the beach,” wrote Horrorwolfe, the user of Reddit.
“Any idea what it is?”
While many suggestions have been made, there seems to be a general consensus that the creature is in fact a type of marine anemone that has been flipped upside down.
Some have said that Dofleinia armata-otherwise known as the armed anemone-could be. Known to grow up to 20 cm across with 50 cm long tentacles, this alien-looking species is one of the largest marine anemones in Australia. Since it also has a rather nasty sting, it is definitely not recommended to touch it.