Plant, animal or monster? Mysterious creature baffles locals after washing up on Vietnamese beach

A strange looking creature from the sea stuns locals with its unusual appearance after it washed up on a beach in Kien Giang, southern Vietnam.

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The footage shows the curious dark brown, alien-looking thing wriggling its hundreds of tentacles after the local tour guide, Du Nam Du, found it and put it on a green table to get a closer look.

"I don't know whether it's an animal, vegetation or something else," said Du Nam Du. Experts believe it is likely a piece of kelp reacting to the air, perhaps similar to how Japanese Katsuobushi shavings (bonito flakes) move as if it were alive when it is topped on steamy food.

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The object was later released back to the ocean. Kim Tho, a local, said: "It’s a monster. One day it will come back out of the ocean. It’ll be ten times bigger."

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