Crab monsters on Mars? Sounds like the title to a bad horror movie but it’s exactly what many are saying a new image from NASA shows.

The image shows a distinct object with what appears to be something with tentacles clinging to a canyon wall.


If however, you take a closer look at the rock formation, something the folks at SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) have already done, you’ll see there’s definitely something odd looking – but not altogether uncommon.


“Those that send them to me are generally quite excited, as they claim that these frequently resemble SOMETHING you wouldn’t expect to find on the rusty, dusty surface of the Red Planet,” Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of SETI, said.

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“It’s usually some sort of animal, but occasionally even weirder objects such as automobile parts. Maybe they think there are cars on Mars.”


The phenonenon is called pareidolia. Pareidolia is a condition wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists. It’s the same thing that allows us to see human faces in things like the fronts of cars, or animal shapes in the clouds.

As with any good conspiracy theory, that doesn’t mean you can rule anything out. Just because this one isn’t a crab monster on Mars doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

What would Mulder and Scully have to say about this?

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Hunter's political beliefs are always evolving. Not really. He can be seen supporting whichever side has the hotter women so it's almost always the conservative side (have you seen the hippy chicks? Gross). When he's not writing he's celebrating the resurgence of his beloved Florida Gators and New York Mets.