A mysterious creature washed up on a beach after a storm, baffling the inhabitants of the Greek island of Crete.
The hairless four-legged animal – resembling a small hippo – was spotted near a river in the tourist resort of Gournes in the north of the island.
It washed up after days of bad weather ravaged the coast near the city of Heraklion. Images shared online show the bizarre animal sprawled on the sand, surrounded by debris from the storm.
Some social media users offered options for what animal it could be for, like a seal, a pig, or a dog, but it sparked insane discussions on Greece’s largest island because it’s none of those.
Others said they feared it, while others revealed that they were curious to understand what it is and where it came from.
An expert offered a possible solution to the mystery, although the species has yet to be identified by genetic testing.
Petros Lymperakis, the vertebrate curator at the Museum of Natural History of Crete, said the creature could be a badger.
He said it might have lost its hair after being in the water for a while, causing it to swell and give it its eerie appearance.
In August, a foul-smelling sea monster 15 feet long created a huge mystery when it washed up on a beach in Merseyside.
Another creature with terrifying jaws and no eyes was feared as the mythical “chupacabra” monster when it washed up in South Carolina in February. The mystical creature is infamous in folklore in parts of America.
And in January, a fisherman hooked a slimy three-legged monster with a huge head, leaving the internet baffled.