Philippines Globster—Flashback to the Tecolutla Monster

A globster recently washed up a beach in the Dinagat Islands, Philippines. The event took place on or about February 22nd. The badly decomposed carcass is most likely the remains a whale, though early on, some believed it to be a manatee. The body, which was missing a tail and white in color, was over 20 feet in length and appeared to be hairy. The “hair’ could be muscle fibers broken down from advanced decomposition.

Bones from the creature will be preserved to commemorate the event. This reminds me of the Tecolutla Monster which I wrote about in my book Water Monsters South of the Border. The following is an excerpt:

In early 1969, the town of Tecolutla, in Veracruz, Mexico, was firmly in the grip of monster hysteria after a strange, unrecognizable carcass washed up on a beach. The badly decomposed corpse, recovered by a group of farmers who happened upon it one night, was 72 feet long. According to some reports, it weighed over 24 tons; other reports have the monster tipping the scales at 35 tons or more.

The story of the strange carcass really gets weird.

The farmers who discovered the corpse kept it hidden for about a week, but eventually informed the mayor. The mayor, Caesar Guerrero, believed the corpse was a downed plane and organized a rescue party. However, this was no plane—it was a mass of rotting flesh that was partially buried. The body was serpentine in shape and was covered in armor and also had wool. The creature had horns and a beak.6

Another weird turn in the tale—there were fishermen who claimed that the beast was still alive when they encountered it; it died a short time later.7

Mayor Guerrero asked for help in identifying the creature. He reached out to biologists from the fish and biology station in Tampico. Scientists were unable to identify the animal at first; it had been too disfigured.8 Eventually, though, the creature was confirmed to be a whale.

Though nothing came of it, and it ended up being nothing extraordinary, the Tecolutla Monster created quite a stir in the seaside community. After scientists studied the body, the mayor would not allow it to be buried; rather, he ordered it to be left as a tourist attraction. Today, its bone are on display in the town’s marine museum.


6. Darren Naish, “Whatever Happened to the Tecolutla Monster?,” Tetrapod Zoology, July 10, 2008. Accessed August 01, 2016, http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2008/07/10/tecolutla-monster-carcass/.

7. John A. Keel, The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings (New York: Doubleday, 1994), 293-294.

8. Naish, “Whatever Happened to the Tecolutla Monster?”

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