GO TO HOME PAGE
THE YOUNG SKEPTICS PROGRAM
 

CSICOP's Library & Research Center


  
Image GLOBSTERS
This name refers to unidentifiable large masses of animal material that wash up on shore or in nets and puzzle local fishermen. Often described for the newspapers as sea monster remains, they appear like no known living animal. The reason for this is that they are severely decomposed remains of some large animal. Skin, features and appendages are missing. Rubbery muscle and connective tissue, which appears hairy or stringy, may be all thatís left. Bone structure is misleading due to missing pieces.
When no skeleton is found, the globster could be what remains of a large octopus or squid. Carcasses that have been pulled up by fishermen or washed on shore are most likely decomposing whales or sharks. Basking sharks, in particular, decay to look at casual glance like extinct sea reptiles (plesiosaurs). Laboratory tests or examinations can reliably identify these unknown remains found today if a sample is taken before the blobs are washed back out or dumped into the sea. But, investigators of historical globsters did not have these advantages. So, some stories of recovered sea monster corpses remain unexplained.
Sharon Hill (Scientist)
CSICOP Resources
Skeptical Inquirer Online Articles


< GO TO COMPLETE SKEPTICAL INQUIRER INDEX >

Skeptical Briefs Online Articles
Skeptiseum Online Exhibits
Other Online Resources
Articles
Skeptic Bibliography: ††Cryptozoology
Ben Roesch: ††Taking a Hard Look at Cryptozoology
Cryptozoology.com: ††Cryptozoology
International Society of Cryptozoology: ††Cryptozoology
British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club: ††Cryptozoology
All Things Cryptozoological: ††Links
The Cryptozoologist: ††Cryptozoology
The Cryptozoology Underground: ††Globsters
Glen Kuban Web Site: ††"Sea Monster or Shark?"
Globsters: ††St. Augustineís Giant Octopus
Pro-Paranormal Online Resources
Articles
Mystery Magazine:Unknown Sea Creatures
Strange Magazine:Globsters

Young Skeptics Topic Database
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z