The Internet is full of news about strange objects washing up on beaches. This time, a woman in New Zealand’s North Island spotted a bizarre “alien” tree trunk covered in unusual sea creatures, according to Stuff. Kyley Morman was on her morning walk on Papamoa Beach in the Bay of Plenty when she came across the tree trunk on May 7. Speaking to the New Zealand-based outlet, the woman said she thought it was both awesome and gross.
“It had worm-like tentacles and living creatures in the shells,” Ms Morman said.
The object was 5 meters long and completely covered in dreadlock-like creatures.
Other locals, such as Anita Bethune, whom Stuff spoke to, also said they were intrigued by the “alien appearance” and tried to find out what it was.
The video of the discovery quickly gained traction on social media and sparked a debate. Some users wanted to know if the creatures were actually gooseneck barnacles.
The New York Post spoke to some experts who said these users are right. “Probably Lepas anatifera,” Wilma Blom, curator of marine invertebrates at the Auckland Museum, told the outlet.
The bizarre tentacles are a species of barnacles in the family Lepadidae.
“They are mainly eaten by Mediterranean cultures, but I have never eaten them myself,” she continued.
A spokesperson for the conversation department told Stuff they were fairly common in New Zealand.
fox again said that each appendage of a block is a separate animal. The fleshy stem or stipe grows between 1.5 and 30 inches long and attaches to floating debris.
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, at the end of the stem is the capitulum, the body covered with scale plates.
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