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Chilean Blob

The Chilean Blob was a 13-tonne mass of tissue discovered on Pinuno Beach in Los Muermos, Chile in July 2003. It made headlines around the world because biologists were unable to identify it, and were speculating that it was the remains of some species of giant octopus previously unknown to science. Giant blob baffles marine scientists. BBC News, July 2, 2003. Chilean blob could be octopus. BBC News, July 3, 2003.

In June 2004, it was reported that fragments of DNA found in the blob had been found to match that of a sperm whale: the blob was merely the partial remains of a dead sperm whale, specifically a large mass of adipose tissue.Pierce, S., S. Massey, N. Curtis, G. Smith, C. Olavarria & T. Maugel 2004. Microscopic, Biochemical, and Molecular Characteristics of the Chilean Blob and a Comparison With the Remains of Other Sea Monsters: Nothing but Whales. Biological Bulletin 206: 125133.Puig, R. 2004. A Whale of a Tale. Research Online, University of South Florida.

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