Mysterious 'Muriwai monster' washes up on New Zealand beach
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 3:05 PM - It looks like something out of a nightmare.
While walking down Muriwai Beach in Auckland, New Zealand on Dec. 9 Melissa Doubleday stumbled across a strange looking object.
"Just curious to know if anyone knows what this is??! Washed up on Muriwai Beach," Doubleday posted on Facebook with photos of the oddity.
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The deep sea dweller has baffled the local community, with several suggesting it is a Maori canoe, tree or whale.
"I actually thought it was a washed up whale as I approached it, so weird," Doubleday told Stuff.
Turns out, the object dubbed the "Muriwai monster," is most likely a piece of driftwood covered in gooseneck barnacles.
Gooseneck barnacles are often found in large numbers that live attached to hard surfaces like driftwood, hulls of ships, piers or rocks.
"Everything on it has died now, and it smells really bad," Doubleday posted on Facebook Monday. "Went up there yesterday to have another look!"
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