A bizarre alien-like monstrous sea creature with hundreds of moving black tentacles baffled the locals and sparked frenzy online after it washed up on the shore in Kien Giang province, southern Vietnam, on July 29. A local tour guide scooped it up and placed it on a green plastic table inside a nearby home where residents gathered to look.
In the footage, the “alien-looking” creature, which does not appear to have a face, wriggles its many black tentacles. The video was exploded online with viewers questioning whether the creature was an alien, an unknown animal or simply a plant. Some users linked the mass of moving tentacles to a monster out of a science fiction movie.
Experts are divided over what the creature was, with some claiming it was a basket starfish, which usually live in South America. Others believe it was a piece of seaweed reacting to the air. Mike Van Keulen, a Marine Biology expert from Murdoch University, told Yahoo7 News that the creature was likely a member of the brittle star group, which are closely related to starfish.
There are dozens of smaller tentacles on each branch, all moving around in different directions. Tour guide Du Nam Du, who collected the creature from the shore, said: ”I don’t know whether it’s an animal, vegetation or something else.” The mystery creature was later released back into the ocean – with locals still confused by what it was. Kim Tho said: ”It’s a monster. One day it will come back out of the ocean. It’ll be ten times bigger.” Linh Nguyen said: ”I don’t know what it is but it’s scary. It’s actually gross and I don’t want to be near it.”