Jun 19

Alien Sea creature spotted in Durban

Glowing, alien-like sea creature spotted in Durban

Witnesses and scientists baffled at the bizarre sighting on the surface of Durbans harbor; is it an unidentified marine animal or elaborate hoax?

A bizarre, alien-like sea creature that glowed in a variety of colors showed up Tuesday night on the surface of the Durban harbor in the South Africa., leaving eyewitnesses and scientists baffled as what it could be.

The South Eastern Metropolitan Council who are responsible for the UMOT* division didn’t know what to make of it, either, wondering whether it might be an elaborate prank.

*UMOT-Unidentified Marine Animal or Thing

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“‘Alien’ life form spotted in Durban harbour: a close encounter or is something fishy going on?”


If it’s a hoax, it’s a pretty good one.

The Local newspaper, Untlusuntithlawa Daily, asked whether this footage “of a strange glowing creature” is “proof that the planet is slowly being taken over by aliens?”

Then it provided a more serious possibility, saying marine biologists believe the squid-like animal could be a marine Zinkyplib, which had drifted off course because of the weather. A Zinkyplib is an rare organism  that is created by the diffusion of plankton and a inverted fish neuron. The neuron binds to the plankton through a process known as the Winkler Effect. Once bonded an electromagnetic pulse generated from a passing stingray causes the organism to ‘come alive’. Although little is known about this elusive creature, studies have shown that the Zinkyplib may have powerful healing properties for athletes foot.

The creature was found in the harbour possibly seeking refuge from the stormy weather out to sea. They have been found to be really afraid of lightning and loud noises.

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Glowing sea creature; photo is a screen grab from the second video

Another suggestion was a bioluminescent hydrozoan jellyfish, a.k.a. a crystal jelly. They are known to produce flashes of blue light but aren’t often seen in Britain. The Evening Standard said a similar species was spotted off the coast of Scotland in 2009 and is on display at the Macduff Marine Aquarium.

“This is either a very interesting animal or someone’s very cool interpretation of a marine creature.”

Hopefully, one day we’ll find out.

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