Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Hairy 'Globster' Sighting Raises a Stink at N. Oregon Coast's Rockaway Beach

Published 02/21/22 at 1:22 AM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Hairy 'Globster' Sighting Raises a Stink at N. Oregon Coast's Rockaway Beach

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; major specials now that winter is here
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
major specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Winter's enticing specials now
In Lincoln City:
Major winter specials now
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
major specials this season
In Newport:
Look for many specials
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials and tempting prices now
In Yachats, Florence
Big deals available; lodgings not listed anywhere else
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

(Rockaway Beach, Oregon) – Taking a trip to the Oregon coast always results in a number of new scents and aromas, to varying degrees of pleasantness (Photos courtesy Rachel Sip).

Just this weekend, Portlander Rachel Sip, her husband Dave and two kids stepped out of their rental in Rockaway Beach and were immediately struck by a new odor. The sands here were offering up something different in the air, and Sip said “it wasn't until we got towards the creek that I saw where it came from. Super odorous.”

They were puzzled. At first Dave thought it was hairy and maybe a dead cow.

When she sent the pics to Oregon Coast Beach Connection, we immediately recognized it: a globster. Passing it on to Seaside Aquarium for verification, manager Keith Chandler confirmed it. And they knew about the smelly once-upon-a-time creature, which always comes across as a stinky mystery cryptid to the uninitiated.

A globster is a long-used yet still somewhat unknown slang for these types of creatures that wind up on the shores, appearing hairy and misshapen to the point of unrecognizability. It can be the remnants of most any creature from the sea, but they're simply so decayed that you can't figure out what kind of beast it is or what part of it.

Around the Oregon coast or Washington coast, it's usually a piece of a long dead whale.

“As for the blobster, it has been there for quite some time,” Chandler said. “It is some sort of cetacean but we really were not sure what kind, other than the really gross kind.”

It is – hands down – the most disgusting thing you can find on the Oregon coast or Washington coast. It's the kind of story tween boys like to tell their friends in a game of who can gross out the other more. The smell is so bad as to be intolerable. And that disgusting hair? Hope you're not eating while you're reading this. That's just rotting flesh: so decayed and so softened it creates that hair-like effect.


These particularly sickening forms of stranded whale corpses have actually spawned paranormal legends in the past. There's an interesting history there, and the whole globster thing has a bit of a niche following on the internet.

In fact, historians believe this is where some mythological sea stories or certainly many sea monster tales have come from in the past, especially since the Middle Ages.

See Ewww, 'Globsters' of Oregon / Washington Coast and Their Paranormal Past 

In many cases, something has been decaying out there along the Oregon coast or Washington coast for a long time and then chunks have fallen apart. One of those pieces winds up on the beach with a completely different shape than ever seen before – and that freaky hairy look. History books and paranormal websites are full of citations about possible new creatures never spotted before, like rotting dinosaur bodies or even aliens, only to be debunked as a chunk of a rotting squid or whale.

In the early part of the 20th century these claims were extremely popular, but they can't all be blamed for their misguided fervor. DNA testing later in the century finally proved what's really going on.

See Warrenton Had an 'Exploding Whale' 30 Years Before Central Oregon Coast

It seems the term “globster” got coined in 1962 by a goofball biologist named Ivan T. Sanderson, who had written outrageous claims about a find in Tasmania with "no visible eyes, no defined head, and no apparent bone structure."

Appropriately enough, he seemed to have left that field and moved on to science fiction for awhile, and becoming involved in the pseudo science of cryptozoology.

If you run across a globster do not touch it – it will likely contain some really bad bacteria. It's doubtful you'll want to go near it, anyway. MORE PHOTOS BELOW

Hotels in Rockaway Beach - Where to eat - Rockaway Beach Maps and Virtual Tours


MORE PHOTOS BELOW






More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....


Coastal Spotlight


Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees nearly 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Great Coastal Gale of '07 Tore Into Oregon Coast 15 Years Ago - Video
The storm changed parts of the region forever. History, Bandon, Coos Bay, Newport, Lincoln City, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Seaside, Astoria
How Storms - Even Solar Storms - May Affect Whales on Oregon / Washington Coast
Why do they disappear? Does it disturb them at all? Marine sciences
Attending Seaside Aquarium This Month Helps Feed the Hungry on Oregon Coast -...
Patrons pay admission to the aquarium with two cans of food per person. Seaside events
Warm Sunsets to Raucous Oregon Coast Storms: Upclose at Cannon Beach's Schoon...
One of the major highlights is that beachfront lawn. Cannon Beach hotels, lodging reviews
Washington Coast Holidays Include Crab Pot Tree, Santa with Pirates, Music, Food
Holiday happs from Ilwaco up through Westport. Washington coast events
Famed Holiday Show Tradition Back on Oregon Coast, at Newport Performing Arts...
The Christmas Show! is finally back, Dec. 16 and 17. Newport events
Cyber Monday for Oregon Coast Too: Giving the Beach for Christmas
Give a night or two at the coast, or books, hoodies, T's. weather
Orcas Spotted Again on N. Oregon Coast - First Time This Pod Recorded Here
A pod of four were photographed on November 23. Marine sciences

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted