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In Caribbean folklore, the Lusca is a name given to a sea monster said to exist in the region of the blue holes nearby Andros, an island in the Bahamas.[1]


Clipping of Mollusca, "(Mol)lusca"; a phylum containing octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and other cephalopods. Due to how the creature always appears with some mollusk feature or form therefore such as tentacles or arms.


It is described as a giant octopus, a giant cuttlefish, or a half shark, half octopus.[1] The lusca is said to grow over 75 ft (23 m) long,[1] but no cases have been proven of octopus species growing up to even half these lengths.

In popular culture[edit]

The reports of a lusca monster attacking swimmers and divers was investigated by Jeremy Wade, the host of the television series River Monsters, in the episode "Terror in Paradise" (season eight, episode four). After investigating reef sharks, tiger sharks, and the giant Pacific octopus, Wade settles on a large octopus being the most likely culprit for being the lusca monster.[2]

A Caribbean Film Festival, Lusca Fantastic Film Fest, was named after this sea monster; the festival is an annual event held in Puerto Rico. It is the first and only international fantastic film festival in the Caribbean.[3]

The survival video game Stranded Deep features an enemy giant squid named Lusca the Great.[4]

In the HGTV series Renovation Island—which revolves around Bryan and Sarah Baeumler's efforts to renovate a resort in South Andros—the main restaurant at the resort is named Lusca in honor of the sea creature.

In Dave the diver, after collecting every single animal on marinaca, Sato will tell you to find Lusca, but it is the half shark half octopus version.

The creature appears as the main antagonist of the 2010 film Sharktopus

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c abookofcreatures (2020-06-15). "Lusca". A Book of Creatures. Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  2. ^ Jeremy May Have Found The Lusca Monster Of The Blue Holes | River Monsters, retrieved 2021-06-19
  3. ^ [1] Lusca Film Fest Official Website
  4. ^ "Stranded Deep: 10 Tips For Fighting Lusca The Great". TheGamer. 2021-05-23. Retrieved 2021-06-19.