What real-life monster mystery was solved at the Smithsonian?

In 1896, a smelly ball of muck washed ashore in St. Augustine, Fla. The boys who found it thought it was the remains of a whale but the blob hit the headlines as the “St. Augustine Monster.” A century later, DNA testing proved the boys were right all along. The monster was a ball of whale blubber.

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Posted: 31 October 2012
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.