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Fisherman 'flummoxed' by 'mutant' sea creature

Singapore fisherman Ong Han Boon said he is hoping online experts will help him identify the "mutant" sea creature he caught on the island of Sentosa.

By Ben Hooper

SENTOSA, Singapore, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A Singapore fisherman is trying to identify an unusual sea creature he reeled in with up to 100 tentacle-like appendages.

Ong Han Boon, 54, said he caught the strange creature while fishing for lunch recently on the island of Sentosa and he was "completely flummoxed" by the animal he found on the other end of his line.

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"I've had quite a few odd things from come out of the ocean but I have never seen anything like this before in my life. It had all these arms waving around," Boon told The Mirror.

He said the creature had up to 100 tentacle-like appendages and "looked like an alien or some kind of mutant."

Boon said he is hoping online experts will help him identify the sea beast.

"I've asked all my friends and none of them know and all my internet searches have not turned up anything that looks like this," he said. "So, if no one can't identify it then I guess I'm right -- it's either an alien or I've discovered a new species of mutant sea creature. That would not surprise me with all the pollution they put in the water nowadays."

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The creature appears to bear a strong resemblance to a basket star.

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