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  'Blob' sea creature puzzles scientists
Updated 03 July 2003, 11.42
The blob has baffled scientists
A giant blob thought to be the remains of a sea creature which washed up on a South American beach is puzzling scientists.

They can't work out what it is!

Some biologists say it could be a giant squid or octopus. Others think it might be a piece of whale blubber.

But the most exciting suggestion is the 12-metre blob is a completely new species of creature.

It was spotted by the Chilean navy, who at first thought it was part of a beached whale. But experts say it's too big to be a whale skin and does not have the right feel or smell.

Amazed

Could it be part of a squid?
Could it be part of a squid?

They got in touch with some marine biologists, who were amazed when they found the blob did not have a backbone.

The scientists had never seen such a strange specimen.

Samples of the blob are now being sent to scientists around the world so they can try to work out what it is.

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