Definitions

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  • n. An unidentified organic mass which has washed up on a beach.

Etymologies

Coined in 1962 by Ivan T. Sanderson, presumably a blend of glob and lobster. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Basically, a globster is a blobby-looking, unidentifiable carcass that has washed up on a shore somewhere.

    mental_floss Blog

  • When I saw that headline, I first thought "globster".

    Misheard Today

  • The cryptids I most like to read about are sea serpents, giant octopi (such as the Lusca, St. Augustine globster, etc.), the Mongolian death worm, Mokele Mbembe, Kongamato, Megalania, the Almas and the Thylacine.

    Cryptomundo

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  • I doubt Melville would have approved.

    August 5, 2008

  • "Rotting whales that have been identified from elsewhere in the world show us that floating carcasses can drop their bones and eventually look like amorphous, misshapen lumps of goo (often dubbed globsters, a term invented by Ivan Sanderson). They can definitely become distorted to create the impression of a long neck, as verified by a photo of another beaked whale carcass published by Dinsdale (1966)."
    - Darren Naish, 'Santa Cruz's duck-billed elephant monster', scienceblogs.com, 8 July 2008.

    August 5, 2008