From the hairy creature that washed up on the shores of Russia to a scary unidentified animal deep in the Amazon jungle, here are 10 of the most bizarre unidentified creatures.
# 5 Zuiyo-Maru Carcass
In April of 1977, a Japanese trawler was sailing around New Zealand when their net got tangled in a huge mass. They run their nets at around 980 feet below the surface of the water when something heavy caught itself in the net. They ended up pulling out a 3,960 pound, foul-smelling, rotting carcass up from the ocean. The carcass was around 32 feet long and had what looked like a 5-foot neck. The crew of the Zuiyo-Maru thought they had uncovered a new monster like the Loch ness monster. They gave it the nickname “New Nessie” because of this. After the picture spread across Japan, the nation became obsessed with it and the common theory arose that it was the remains of a Plesiosaur. However, this theory was soon debunked and the fishing company who caught it released a statement saying that it was the decomposed carcass of a Basking Shark which can grow to over 30 feet in length. Despite this, many people stick steadfast to the Plesiosaur theory.
# 4 Tully Monster
Since its discovery in 1958, this creature’s fossilized skeletons have baffled the science community. It was so alien and monstrous-looking it earned the scientific name Tullimonstrum – named after the scientist who discovered it, Tully, and monstrum – which means monster and strange. The Tully monster was a strange fish that lived 300 million years ago and has a completely unique form. It had a long claw-like appendage at the front of its body and eyes similar to a mollusk. It wasn’t until 2016 when this creature was officially classified as a fish by a Yale-led paleontology team because of how strange its fossils look.
# 3 Unknown Creature Found in Amazon
This image originates from a Youtube video posted on March 2015, without any caption. The only information available is the title “Unknown Creature Found in Amazon”. The lack of information and details on this image brings its authenticity into question. There is also obvious editing of the foliage around the subject, and the arms and feed look like they have been manipulated in an editing program. It is likely originally a cell phone photo of a dead monkey carcass found by someone walking through the area that was manipulated to look more dramatic and strange.
# 2 Panama Creature
In September 2009, a photograph of a creature’s corpse was found near a Panama Coast. The story goes that a bunch of teenagers spotted the creature crawling out of a cave when and were being attacked by it before they beat it with a stick and then took a picture of evidence of the strange creature. The alien appearance of this corpse earned it the nicknames “Panama Creature” and “Panama ET”. However, the carcass was taken in by local zoology experts and an autopsy was performed on it. The procedure revealed that it was in fact not an alien but a sloth. The sloth was mostly decomposed by the water and had reached the bloating stage of rotting which gave it a very strange and scary appearance.
# 1 Hairy Dolphin
In 2015, a strange creature washed up on the coast of Russia. It looked like a weird hybrid between a Jim Hansen puppet and a sea creature. What it really looked like was a furry dolphin, which is something that shouldn’t exist. The carcass was also described as “twice as large as a human” putting it at around 10-12 feet in length. It was speculated to be either an Indian or Ganges dolphin which isn’t local to Russian waters. The main accepted theory now is that the dolphin was brought to the coast by a warm current before the water got too cold for it and it died. The “fur” found on the carcass is likely a kind of algae that attached to the body and resembles tufts of hair.