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North side of SCP-XXXX

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Due to SCP-XXXXs current size and inactivity, containment is focused on surveillance rather than physical containment. Any change in activity of any kind, including size, movement and vital signs, is to be reported immediately. Researcher ██████ ███ is to be stationed on top of SCP-XXXX at all times, with the exception of biweekly trips to the closest harbor of ████, Norway to buy supplies. He is provided with the equipment necessary. As of ██/██/20██ the foundation has set up a small research station on SCP-XXXX which should be manned by two researchers and one agent on rotation every month. See testing log ██/██/20██.

After discovery, SCP-XXXX has been made a nature reserve to prevent any major excavation or otherwise disturbance that could potentially harm and/or activate SCP-XXXX.
As of ██/08/20██ all tests regarding physically altering SCP-XXXX or the area surrounding it is suspended. This includes sampling and excavation.

Description: SCP-XXXX is the largest of 60 islands and islets located northwest of ████ in northern Norway, measured at 5,84km2. SCP-XXXX currently has a permanent population of 2, but a survey conducted in 1880 reports as much as 100 permanent residents. After the early 1900s, the residency has been on a steady decline. Most houses on SCP-XXXX are active vacation homes. As of ██/██/20██ there is no need for the foundation to interact with the inhabitants and vacationers on SCP-XXXX.
Notable features of SCP-XXXX is a church, a school building, and a large hole in the rock near sea level, currently theorized to be how SCP-XXXX feeds. (See addendum XXXX-A) Hole is currently blocked off (See testing log ██/██/20██

SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties became apparent when then research assistant ██████ ███ went there for his summer vacation and attempted to get rock samples as part of a hobby. ███ dived to the base of the island, entered the aforementioned hole, and gathered large samples of SCP-XXXX. Testing revealed that among large portions of basaltic rock, samples had traces of organic tissue. (See addendum XXXX-)
Attempts to drill into the outside of SCP-XXXX have yielded nothing but the expected minerals native to the region. More success has been had with drilling in the cave that the original samples were taken from, and a noticeable increase in temperature and percentage of organic tissue is found when drilling deeper. It is believed that one can possibly reach the "core" of SCP-XXXX via excavation, but this is currently unapproved because of the danger of "awaking" SCP-XXXX or harming it beyond repair.

As of ██/██/20██, SCP-XXXX is believed to be in a dormant state. Closer examination of the seafloor surrounding SCP-XXXX has revealed subterranean damage similar to the migration paths of the gecarcoidea natalis1 on a massive scale. Judging by the lush plant and animal life currently residing on SCP-XXXX and the related deterioration of it's hypothesized migration path, it is believed to have settled in it's current place around 1300 AD. Why SCP-XXXX is currently inactive and what it uses for movement is currently unknown. Request to excavate the sea floor around SCP-XXXX pending.

Interviewed: Nils Thomas ████████, long-time resident on the island

Interviewer: Researcher ██████ ███
Foreword: This interview was done by ███ under the guise of recording myths and legend from around the many islands off the coast of northern Norway. Last name of interview subject censored, as it is the same as the native name for SCP-XXXX. Interview conducted in local dialect and in the home of the interviewed.

<Begin Log>

Researcher ███: Yeah- Yeah okay, got it. We're recording.

Mr. ████████: I haven't seen one of those little tape recorders for years. I didn't know they still made those!

Interview edited for brevity

Mr. ████████: I really think that book of yours might get some more people coming in here. We have a lot of interesting tales.

Researcher ███: Like what?

Mr. ████████: You know old ███'s house? Back in the day when the island was just settled, everyone were (feskera, translated fisherfolk), but the little valley where ███'s house still stands was the center of the settlement. Now tell me, why didn't the fisherfolk build their houses down by the shoreline so they could be close to their work? Almost all the other islands like ███øya and ███████øya were built by fisherfolk too, and they all built their homes by the sea. That's how it should be done.

Researcher ███: Yeah, I think dad told me that actually. it's a lot longer to go around the mountain to the valley for a fisher coming home from work. Why did they go out of their way like that?

Mr. ████████: That's where the historians argue. My old mother told me there used to be quite a lot of pigghå2 and even more cod, so fishers would bring in heaps and crates of fish, clean them by the dock and throw the entrails and such into the ocean. The pigghå grew big and aggressive because of the extra food, and soon you couldn't swim around the entire north side. That is why they moved and took to preparing their catch inland instead. The sharks started attacking people and bit their fingers when they were out drawing their nets.

Researcher ███: Is that what you think?

Mr. ████████: No, it's a load of rubbish. Those houses in the valley were the first houses to ever be built here. They didn't move from the coastline, they went straight to the heart of the island.

Researcher ███: But why?

Mr. ████████: You won't believe me, no one does, but there wasn't always a valley surrounding ███'s house. When the first people came here, ████████ was shaped like a horseshoe, and the original settlers built their houses around the inner curve. The mountain that stands behind ███'s house filled it in before any of us were born, before our parents and grandparents, before anyone could write things down. I can tell you don't believe me, kid.

Researcher ███: … I'm sorry. How did a mountain just "fill it in"? They take millennia to form.

Mr. ████████: Yes, rocks do. The mountain wasn't made of rocks.

Researcher ███: What?

Mr. ████████: Well, it doesn't matter now. It's been dead for a long, long time. But maybe, when people start moving back here, and fishers once again bring food to the sealife… Wouldn't that be a sight to see, son? See this place truly come alive again?

Researcher ███: It would. Thank you.

<End Log>

Closing Statement: The possibility that SCP-XXXX might not be the entire island, but only a part of it, has opened for testing of the surface area and mountains. How this creature has embedded itself into an existing island is under research.


XXXX-A: SCP-XXXX was at time of discovery believed to be a filter feeder, but recent interviews suggest it might be omnivorous or carnivorous.
XXXX-B: Tissue samples remotely similar to current sea-dwelling lifeforms such as the pyura chilensis8 or the macrocheira kaempferi9, but no closer matches have been found.