Mystery object washes up on New Zealand beach

This led to a lot of comments and debates on the social media platform, each person guessing what the object could be.

New Zealand may have a new prime minister now, but perhaps more important for the planet at large is that a giant alien life form appears to have washed up on one of its beaches.

Melissa Doubleday spotted the creepy object while she was driving along Muriwai Beach near Auckland, snapped pictures of the object and posted it on Facebook, The Daily Mail reports.

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.

"I actually thought it was a washed up whale as I approached it, so weird".

Stunning photographs capture the mysterious object, dubbed the "Muriwai Monster", in all its glory - with rows of pearly-white barnacles clinging on to thick strings of algae.

Doubleday added, "It looks like worms with shells I've never seen before with these amusing creatures that just come out". "It's got a putrid smell when you're downwind and when you look closely it looks like wiggling worms", Muriwai resident Rani Timot said in an interview.

Specifically, pelagic gooseneck barnacles, a creature recognizable for its large, phallic peduncles.

To satiate the curiosity behind the mysterious alien pod, some experts could offer a conclusion about what the object could be.

However, it is believed the mystery object is a piece of driftwood covered in what is known as gooseneck barnacles.

Gooseneck barnacles are filter-feeding crustaceans that live on hard surfaces of rock or driftwood.

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