The Netflix series Stranger Things has become somewhat of a cult-classic among sci-fi and horror fans.
Currently one of the most-watched shows on the streaming service, series 4 has also propelled Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ to number one in the charts.
And now a strange alien-looking Stranger Things monster has washed up on a rural beach in North Wales and has got everyone talking.
The strange creature was found on Bennar beach near Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd, North Wales, reports North Wales Live.
The creature bears a strange resemblance to the shadow monster from Stranger Things (Picture: Courtesy Netflix)
The creature was soon identified as a gaggle of Gooseneck barnacles (Picture: Shell Longmore / Daily Post Wales)
Bearing shell-like claws, the creature was identified as a gaggle of Gooseneck barnacles.
Regarded as ‘impossibly ugly’, they are considered a rare delicacy, known as percebes, with sweet and salty tasting flesh.
Gooseneck barnacles come at a luxury price too. Traditionally gathered from underwater rocks and crevices on Spain’s Costa da Morte, or Coast of Death, they are among the world’s most expensive seafoods. Export prices of up to £300 per kilo have been reported, though they can be bought online for around £80-£90 for a kilo.
The price reflects the dangers involved in gathering them by Percebeiros – specialist Gooseneck barnacle fishermen who risk their lives diving beneath crashing waves. The taste is said to resemble a cross between lobster and clam, with a texture akin to octopus.
On Facebook, one user urged Shell to make the most of her find. ‘Pick them up, sell them or eat them!’ he said. ‘Apparently they are lovely and are really expensive!’