Sea Monster or Just Barnacles?

Waikanae, New Zealand, beachgoers were fascinated by this 45 feet (14-m) long tentacle-covered mass.

Was it a beached sea monster? Nay, said the authorities. It's just barnacles:

Nightmarish sea monster or natural wonder?
A 14-metre, tentacle-covered mass has horrified and fascinated Waikanae beachgoers this week.

However, Conservation Department community relations programme manager Stacy Moore said it was actually a lot of goose barnacles (Lepas anatifera), each about 30 centimetres long with a shell attached to each long pinkish tube. They were stuck to a piece of wood or rope.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4088281a10.html - via Fortean Times

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