Mysterious thing found on Muriwai beach; suggesting of " Alien Pod time Capsule"

Melissa Doubleday found this barnacle-covered object on a stroll down Muriwai beach.

Beachgoer Melissa Doubleday came across the object on Auckland's Muriwai Beach on Friday night.

"Just curious to know if anyone knows what this is?" she asked the community on Facebook in the post she published on December 10.

A mysterious object that washed up on a New Zealand beach has caused widespread speculation about what it might be, spawning some particularly freakish conspiracy theories about its origin.

This object has sparked a debate on social media and reported various views on that.

"I actually thought it was a washed up whale as I approached it, so weird", Doubleday told stuff.co.nz.

"She said: "(I) drove past and (was) like what the?

The perplexing find has been dubbed the 'Muriwai monster'.

Although the form initially inspired bafflement and disgust as its image was rapidly circulated around the world, its likely origin is a bit more boring: The "Murakai Object" is nearly certainly a log covered in barnacles.

Conspiracy theories are running rampant on social media - with some suggesting it is a Rastafarian whale, an alien time capsule, an ancient Maori canoe, a sea monster with dreadlocks or a beached Christmas tree, The Sun reported.

"This is the biggest one I've seen".

According to the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society, this is nearly certainly a piece of driftwood covered in gooseneck barnacles (though we're not ruling out alien time capsule just yet).

If that's the case, that is one odd-looking driftwood that had managed to baffle residents and passersby in the said Auckland beach that even earned its own name, the "Muriwai monster". Gooseneck barnacles are a type of crustaceans that are known to cling to objects like rocks and wood.

Today, crowds gather on Muriwai beach to marvel on the mysterious looking pod, which appears to have some sort of tentacles or sea-creature enveloping the object.

  • Essie Rivera