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The Blobster of the Isle of Benbeculla


In the early 1990’s a twelve foot carcass covered in sand and seaweed was discovered on a Benbecula beach by 16 year old Louise Whitts. The creature, now commonly referred to as the Benbecula Blobster following an article of that name by Martin Jeffrey in 1996 was described by Miss Whitts: "It had what appeared to be a head at one end, a curved back and seemed to be covered with eaten-away flesh or even a furry skin and was about 12 feet long. And it smelt absolutely disgusting! But the weird thing was that it had all these shapes like fins along its back -- like a dinosaur or something. We didn't know what it was, although we laughed about it being the Loch Ness Monster."

In 1996 at the age of 22, Louise submitted the photographs she had taken of the creature to the Hancock Museum in Newcastle for identification. I am not aware if the creature has been correctly identified yet.


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Ian Topham
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Re: The Blobster of the Isle of Benbeculla

Whilst on the Isle of Lewis I remember coming across a creature buried in sand at the back of a cave at the southern end of Tolstadh Beach.  It stank awful and most of it was covered over, though you could see one of it's eyes.  I am not a zoologist but I am convinced it was some kind of whale and nothing strange.  There was a time when seven whales got washed ashore on a Lewis beach whilst my brother was visiting the island.  There had to injected by the vet to put them down.  I heard that ta radio announcement was made, warning the locals not to eat the meat they had butchered off the animals as the poison used was enough to kill and whale and would surely have th esame affect on a person.  So, big animals do come ashore on the islands and the likes of dolphins, whales and basking sharks can be found in the waters up there.

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Re: The Blobster of the Isle of Benbeculla

The "furry skin" and the size alone seem to point toward the number one suspect of unidentified carcasses, the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus).
They breed in the North Sea and have been responsible for a number of similar cases, most notable the Stromsey Beast, exposed a very large basking shark by none less an authority than Richard Owen.

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