Mystery animal found at Padre Island National Seashore

Photo: Trenton Williams

PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Trenton Williams found a mystery animal by Mansfield Channel and it's causing debate on social media.

Williams sent the photos to Padre Island National Seashore staff, who shared them on Facebook, after reaching out to local experts about what the animal might be.

Some say it's a cuttlefish, while others say it's a blanket octopus.

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"The cuttlefish is known as the chameleon of the sea due to its ability to change color rapidly," according to the Facebook post.

The post also says the blanket octopus is known to take tentacles from Portuguese man o' war to use as a defense weapon.

What do you think?

Mystery Animal Monday! These photos were sent to us by a visitor who had a mysterious encounter down by the Mansfield...

Posted by Padre Island National Seashore on Monday, August 19, 2019

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.