Short-Form Report-Summary of CFGOA Report CFGOA-RL230H


Several local reports, collected at the district level, describe encounters with the newly-discovered sea creature (named: exocell). Encounters with both living and deceased organisms have been documented. Report summarizes documented encounters and suggests a multilevel recommendation-applicable to all districts.

Multilevel Recommendations:

Superseding all standing F3 directives, TOP CFGOA PRIORITY is now the acquisition of a complete exocell organism specimen-preferably living, but complete or near-complete deceased specimens should also be considered HIGH PRIORITY. All specimens should be forwarded to the main OAT labsite at Kodiak, AK.
InSit (Incident/Situation) Report Analysis:
Current records list the following InSit reports have been processed:

*IS8945b: Report on fishermen, from the Bering Sea down into the Pacific, pulling up strange new creatures-which the fishermen have dubbed "head-squids." Creatures appear to be exocell organisms.

*IS3667d: Report on the post-mortem autopsy of an unidentified corpse retrieved at Sea by the USCG. The partial limbs of a creature were found lodged within the brain of the subject.

*IS5844c: Report of a body, washed up on an Alaskan beach, found with an exocell in the chest cavity and one of its limbs lodged in the brain.

InSit Report IS8945b:
Recent local reports have filtered back through our analysts, all documenting the recent trend of near-coastal fishermen pulling up strange new sea-creatures in their catches. The fishermen, operating in the Bering Sea, as well as down to the Pacific ocean, have named the creatures "Niarkrok Isortoq." The Inuit words mean, roughly, "foul-head." In this case, the connotation is meant to suggest bad in the head, based on rumors of the creatures being found within the skulls of several recently deceased fishermen (See IS5844c and IS3667d for corroborating reports). These "Niarkrok Isortoq" are undoubtedly the creatures identified by the OAT as an exocell.
gutting a exocellLEFT: Near-coastal fisherman cleaning and gutting a "Niarkrok Isortoq" or exocell, for the benefit of the camera. The fishermen, as a group, are superstitious about the creature, and will not eat or sell the exocells, nor will they deliberately catch them. When they are caught, they are used only for chum purposes. The intact specimen resting on the seat next to him bears the unmistakable claw appendage, hanging down from the mid-line of the exocell's body. Photo by CFGOA OA team member.

InSit Report IS3667d:
On December 17th, 2004, a U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat pulled the remains of a human body from the sea (the body had a life-vest securely fitted on it), approximately 5 miles off the southwestern coast of Alaska. The unidentified male was examined by the county coroner, who determined the man to be about 35 years of age. The body had suffered severe wounds, two of which would have undoubtedly been fatal: a) a large split in the skull, through which a foreign tentacle protruded, and b) the lower chest/abdominal cavity of the man suffered a massive rupture.
head of the unidentified maleLEFT: Examination photo, showing the partially-dissected head of the unidentified male, minus skull-severe neuro-trauma wound is plainly visible, as is the foreign tentacle, which was found to be grasping the mid-brain area. Below measurement ruler is a second clawed-tentacle, this one removed from the throat and sinus area of the subject. Photo courtesy of Bethel County Coroner's Office.
Wound A showed disturbing evidence under examination-the foreign tentacle, originally believed to have infiltrated the cranial wound post-mortem, was determined to have exited from within the skull, although it is still unclear whether the tentacle itself could have caused the wound.

Wound B was determined to have occurred in the water, although the coroner has ruled out the rupture being caused by gastric inflammation or the process of decomposition.

InSit Report IS5844c:
On January 3rd, 2005, several members of a volunteer group, cleaning beaches in Sitka, Alaska, came across what appeared to be the partial remains of a human. The remains turned out to be an entire human torso, buried from the neck-down by beach sand/silt and assorted debris. A tentacle/claw appendage was visible, extending out of the corpse's mouth. The remains were exposed during a low tide--during high tide, the remains would have been completely submerged. This turned out to be stroke of luck for the medical examiners, as it prevented the remains from being attacked by birds, and helped slow decomposition. Why the remains weren't fed upon by sea creatures has yet to be discovered. The attached photo documentation is from the camera of one of the beach-cleanup volunteers. Under examination by the Sitka County coroner, the corpse was determined to be that of a missing fisherman. Dental records identified the remains as Gunther ******* [name deleted], who, along with his ship and crew of 7, had disappeared at sea a month prior. The corpse exhibited wounds similar to those seen in the body examined by the Bethel County coroner (InSit Report IS3667d, summarized above)-chiefly, a massive rupture of the abdominal region and a severe head wound, where a clawed appendage was found lodged within the victim's brain.
partial human remainsLEFT: Amateur photo, taken by a beach cleanup volunteer minutes after the discovery of the partial human remains. The clawed-tentacle limb of an exocell is visible coming from within the mouth of the exposed head.

Summary of CFGOA Organism Advisory Team findings:
The animal has yet to be classified by the CFGOA Organism Advisory Team, although it resembles, physically, several known aquatic creatures (most notable comparisons are to certain deep-water species of squid), it exhibits amphibian traits, suggesting it is capable of living on land and/or water. It has been observed to "hunt" (in such a case as documented in CFGOA Report RL197H-see archived video, "hunting" appeared to be an aggressive predatory pattern) on land for extended periods of time (noted duration was over an hour), although it has also been observed to "hunt" underwater, for several hours.

The delay in acquisition of a complete organism has severely slowed the Team's analysis progress, and the recommendation of the Team is to make acquisition of a complete exocell specimen TOP PRIORITY.

[classification]    [research]   [bulletins]   [resources]