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On November 30, 1896 two bicyclist discovered the body of a huge sea creature that has washed up on a beech near St. Augustine, Florida. Scientists thought it was some kind of giant octopus that might of measured more then 100 feat long. It was named Octopus giganteus and a specimen was sent to the Smithsonian. Later on, tests revealed that the "St. Augustine Monster was not a octopus at all? It was actually a giant mass of whale blubber!

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On November 30, 1896, two bicyclists discovered the body of a huge sea creature that had washed up on a beach near St. Augustine, Florida. Scientists thought it was some kind of giant octopus that might have measured more than 100 feet long. It was named Octopus giganteus and a specimen was sent to the Smithsonian. Later on, tests revealed that the "St. Augustine Monster" was not an octopus at all. It was actually a giant mass of whale blubber!

 

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