For the Dickinson family, a long walk on a New Zealand beach led to a strange creature.
The father, Adam, told Yahoo7 that the being was, “like a load of muscles contracting.” One of the children noted its appearance resembled a volcano. The mother, Eve, told Yahoo7 that she had never seen anything similar.
One of the children was positive he had seen the mysterious blob move. Adam said his son kept repeating, “It’s alive.”
After extensive observation, the family decided to perform a rudimentary science experiment: Poke it with a stick, see what happens. Sure enough, the enigmatic critter moved.
“The kids then started blowing on it,” Eve told Yahoo7. “‘It can feel us mummy’, he (my son) said as it moved again.”
The family did not have the rights to naming a new life form, however. Eve had the creature identified, and this beach encounter ended up being a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, the largest and longest of the jellyfish.
“It was pretty amazing to see,” Eve told Yahoo7. “Also, the other jellyfish we found on the beach we turned them upside down to see if it would look similar to this one and none of them did.”
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