Ong Han Boon was fishing in his favorite spot off the Island of Sentosa in Singapore when he landed something he’s never seen before—a bizarre sea creature, one featuring at least 100 twisting and turning arms.
“When I pulled it out of the water I was completely flummoxed by what I was looking at,” Boon told the U.K. Mirror.
Boon, 54, videotaped the odd-looking sea creature with its 100 moving tentacles and then released it back into the ocean. Here’s what he saw:
“I’ve had quite a few odd things come out of the ocean, but I have never seen anything like this before in my life,” Boon told the Mirror. “It had all these arms waving around.
“I thought it looked like an alien or some kind of mutant.”
The Mirror described it as a cross between a starfish, an octopus, and an alien monster.
Boon posted the video on Facebook in hopes someone could identify the sea creature.
“I’ve asked all my friends and none of them know, and all my Internet searches have not turned up anything that looks like this,” Boon told the Mirror.
“So, if no one can identify it then I guess I’m right—it’s either an alien or I’ve discovered a new species of mutant sea creature.”
The Mirror asked people to vote on the identity of the sea creature, giving these options: alien, mutant caused by pollution, undiscovered species, fake, and radioactive pot noodle.
But thanks to The Blaze, we have a concrete answer:
“It appears to be a basket star, an echinoderm that, according to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, is typically found in the Pacific Ocean between 50 to 500 feet below sea level but can live as deep as 6,564 feet. Basket stars usually feed on zooplankton.”
NOAA produced a video a while back showing a basket star that was discovered at 1,800 feet in Indonesian waters, and it is every bit as creepy as Boon’s discovery.
The invertebrate has numerous arms that can measure more than 3 feet long with each branch featuring tiny sharp hooks that captures prey. Or in this case, the fishing hook of Boon.
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