Tasmanian Globster

March 9, 1962 issue of The Mercury covering the Tasmanian Globster.

The Tasmanian Globster was a large unidentified carcass that washed ashore in western Tasmania, in August 1960. It measured 20 ft (6.1 m) by 18 ft (5.5 m) and was estimated to weigh between 5 and 10 tons. The mass lacked eyes and in place of a mouth, had "soft, tusk-like protuberances". It had a spine, six soft, fleshy 'arms' and stiff, white bristles covering its body.

The carcass was identified as a whale by L.E. Wall in the journal Tasmanian Naturalist in 1981,[1] and a later electron microscopy analysis of the collagen fibers confirmed this.[2]

The term globster was coined in 1962 by Ivan T. Sanderson to describe this carcass and the name Sea Santa, coined by another journalist in the same year.

Second carcass

A similar find was reported by Ben Fenton, one of those involved in the earlier find, in 1970.[3] It was buried in the sand, but the visible part was 8 ft (2.4 m) long. Pictures taken of this carcass have since gone missing.


  1. Harris, J.M. 2005 "Mammal Records from the Tasmanian Naturalist" (PDF). The Tasmanian Naturalist 127: 20-41
  2. Pierce, S., S. Massey, N. Curtis, G. Smith, C. Olavarría & 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." (PDF). Biological Bulletin 206: 125-133
  3. Eberhart, George M. (2002). Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology. ABC-CLIO. pp. 208–209. ISBN 1-57607-283-5.
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