A massive skeletal hand was discovered on a beach, and the couple who discovered it are concerned that it could belong to an alien.
Leticia Gomes Santiago and her boyfriend Devanir Souza were strolling along the shoreline on November 20 when they came across the strange sight on the sands in Ilha Comprida, So Paulo State, Brazil.
The pair were shocked by their discovery, and Leticia exclaimed: “Because of the size and number of bones, we believe it is not human. What else could it be?”
The couple then filmed the strange hand with long boney fingers next to Leticia’s flip flop to demonstrate its size in comparison to a human hand.
She continued, saying: “It’s quite large. We have no idea what kind of animal it is, and if it’s an alien, that’s even worse.”
“Looks like ET’s hand,” one resident joked.
Another speculated that it was a ‘Mermaid hand.’
Someone commented, “Might as well be a Dinosaur bone!”
“Take it to a biologist,” one said, “because this isn’t normal.”
The unusual ‘hand’ belonged to a cetacean, which is an aquatic mammal that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises, according to marine biologist Eric Comin.
However, he admitted that more tests would be required to determine which one.
The biologist concluded that the cetacean died at sea around 18 months ago based on the images and state of decomposition.
Because of their size, Comin believes the bones belonged to a dolphin, which are common in the area.
The biologist added that anyone who finds animal remains on the beach should contact the Cananéia Research Institute, the region’s environmental agency (IPEC).
“We always prioritize leaving the bones on the beach so it does not interfere with the cycling of nutrients within the ecosystem,” said IPEC spokesperson Henrique Chupill, who also stated that the skeleton most likely belongs to a cetacean.
“Eventually, when there is scientific interest, we collect them to use in research.” If the animals have recently died, we collect them to perform necropsies and determine the cause of death.”