However, rather than the results of crossbreeding marijuana with a Venus flytrap, what this video actually shows is a plain old barnacle caught off the coast of California.
Minister Mathew Wallace caught the creepy crustacean while crab netting at Port Hueneme Pier, near Oxnard in California, USA, on Monday August 1.
The clip went viral and was eventually licensed by Cater News and shared to YouTube with a little backstory about what it depicted. The news agency reported that the “unidentified ‘alien’” barnacle was caught in a crab net off of Port Hueneme Pier near Oxnard, California:
This unidentified ‘alien’ barnacle with mussel-like appendages poking out of it was caught by crab fishermen.
A video purportedly showing a strange new plant created by crossbreeding marijuana with a Venus flytrap has racked up millions of views since it was first posted to the internet in 2016:
Although Cater News presented this barnacle as something “unidentified” and “alien,” it’s likely a Megabalanus californicus, or a California barnacle. Marine biologist Alex Warneke talked to Earth Touch News when the video first went viral in 2016 and confirmed that description:
Growers in Colorado have developed a powerful new strain of Marijuana by cross breeding it with a Venus Flytrap.
Having seen M. californicus before, we reached out to local marine biologist Alex Warneke, who confirmed the ID after a quick look.
A video shows a new species of plant created by crossbreeding marijuana with a Venus flytrap.
A video purportedly documenting a new strain of marijuana that was crossbred with a Venus flytrap actually shows a barnacle.