nimble squirrel's picture

Unknown creature

Observed: 5th November 2013 By: nimble squirrel
  • Unknown creature
    Confidence: It might be this.
  • Spoofus absurdicus
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 4 People
    • Little_auk
    • Amadan
    • Rob Coleman
    • stevegregory
      British Myriapod and Isopod Group
Species interactions

No interactions present.


chrisbrooks's picture

Can you add details please

Can you add some details as in what habitat it was found (I'm assuming aquatic) and how big was it, it looks quite large if that is a fishing rod in the image.

nimble squirrel's picture



A friend of a friend caught it on his fishing rod. It was found in a freshwater lake in Stoke-on-Trent, and you are correct in assuming it is a fishing rod!

As far as I am aware it's in a bucket, so quite large!

Martin Harvey's picture


That is very peculiar! I have to ask, is it for real, or is there some leg-pulling going on?! Any chance of a photo of the underside?

Entomologist and biological recorder

Mydaea's picture

The brown thing looks like a

The brown thing looks like a large cone, partly stripped of scales. Vegetable not animal. The "fork" at the top looks artificially placed.

nimble squirrel's picture


Apparently very real! No leg pulling as far as I know?

This is the only photo I was sent I am afraid!

Amadan's picture

Has the Dr Who Props Dept.

Lost a model?

Víctor Pastén-Marambio's picture

Is this a joke?

I really want to believe it's a real animal, but I must say "Spoofus absurdicus" is not a valid scientific name. However, I think it was funny!