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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX should be contained in a 40x40x40 meter cubical cell filled with salt water. The cell should be accessible by one hatch located at the top of the cell. The hatch should be locked at all times. No living organisms should be allowed to enter the cell at any time, unless approved for testing purposes.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a mass of translucent muscle, worm-like in shape, measuring approx. twenty three meters long, two meters across and two meters high. Its body is pencil-shaped; while one end of it gradually tapers down to a tip, the other abruptly halts, resulting in a flat "face". Investigation concerning the origin of SCP-XXXX has proved inconclusive, though testing has confirmed that its muscle tissues are biologically similar to [REDACTED].

SCP-XXXX appears to be sentient, as it responds appropriately to various stimuli such as touch, sound, temperature and vibrations in the ground and water surrounding it, allowing it to detect when something is approaching its containment cell, or is in the water with it. SCP-XXXX also appears to draw people towards it, and in many cases, compels them to touch it directly. Its anomalous effect does not seem to extend to other species. Testing has confirmed that subjects will go to great lengths to ensure contact with SCP-XXXX is made. Victims almost invariably remove articles of clothing in order to ensure skin contact, and will occasionally go so far as to drown themselves in pursuit of it.

SCP-XXXX was discovered at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of ███ █████ at coordinates ██████,██████. It attracted the attention of the Foundation when a large number of divers went missing in the area within a two week span. Because of this, it can be assumed that SCP-XXXX was at ███ █████ location for no more than two weeks. It is unclear how SCP-XXXX arrived at its current position on the sea floor, as it doesn't appear to be able to swim, but travels by simply floating with the currents of the water.

SCP-XXXX is extremely dangerous, and should not be made contact with by anyone other than D-Class personnel, and only during testing. When a living organism makes skin contact with SCP-XXXX, that organism will immediately become immobilized. They have been observed to freeze entirely and immediately. Testing has shown that SCP-XXXX secretes a powerful paralytic, which is absorbed through the victims skin. It is currently unknown as to how SCP-XXXX produces this paralytic, as it appears to be entirely without internal organs. The paralytic effect has been identical in every species tested, regardless of mass.

After prey has been immobilized, SCP-XXXX's consumption of its victim occurs in three stages.

Stage one consists of the subject becoming fused at the point of contact with SCP-XXXX. This process can take anywhere from five minutes to twelve hours depending on the size of the area of contact.

Stage two follows shortly afterwards. During this stage, SCP-XXXX will absorb the subjects body. Once again, this process can take anywhere from between 10 minutes to several hours to complete based on the size and mass of the subject. During the absorption process, the subject's body appears to dissolve into SCP-XXXX and fuse with it. It is currently unknown how the fusing process occurs at a cellular level.

Imaging of subjects' brains have proven that they are still fully conscious up until either the brain or other vital organs necessary for survival are absorbed. In addition, there have been two separate incidences where considerable amounts of brain activity were recorded after full absorption was complete. This suggests that some subjects may retain consciousness even after stage two is complete. Due to the possibly of continued consciousness after full absorption, the Ethics Committee has forbidden further testing with live subjects.

Stage three is the final stage of the process, and can only be observed by taking physical measurements of SCP-XXXX, though testing is very difficult due to its nature. This stage consists of SCP-XXXX's mass decreasing at a rapid rate, until it arrives at its mass prior to consuming its prey. The entirety of the subject's mass seems to disappear from SCP-XXXX's body during stage three. Despite thorough testing, it is currently unknown as to what happens to the mass or where it goes.

It is unclear as to why SCP-XXXX absorbs prey, as it doesn't appear to need any nutrients in order to survive.