US National Park Service: What are these weird creatures that washed up on the beach?

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The larvae are not dead…

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Save you some time here. It’s a pipe cleaner covered in pot resin and rolled in pop rocks.

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Oh yeah, I saw that project on Tiktok last week.

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You can’t kill what’s already dead.

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You have my attention…

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bristle worms

My initial guess, but it doesn’t look like it has legs, per se.

There are so many worm and worm like things in the ocean.

It could even be… some sort of… yet to be identified… EEL!

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My guess is a type of fireworm.

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Oh, oh, I have a song for fire too. (A couple, but lets go with old school Prodigy)

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I think it’s trash. Like part of a radial tire, or an old wicker chair covered in tar. The park service is using the magic of viral internet memes to draw attention to littering.

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…and we should be very thankful that they died before reaching maturity.

Or terrified about that ones that did, which we now can’t find.

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Stop it, that is not Judge Death. You’re just scaring people.

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We used to use “sandworms” that were probably related to these for flounder on the Long Island Sound, ugly and bristly and apparently irresistible to some fish.

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and the UNDEAD?

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Especially them.

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Are you SURE? It comes in many forms.

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whimpers

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Clearly shoggoth

Damn, I looked at that pic and immediately hoped it was like 6 feet long, and delicious after cooking at 225 degrees for many hours with smoke and sauce. Mmmm alien sea ribs!

Just some sort of bristle worm. Harmless enough.

On the other hand…

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