'Monster' Washes Up on New Zealand Shore

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A New Zealand storm blew in something truly unexpected. According to SunLive, residents of the Pukehina beach area of the country found a scary-looking "sea monster" on their shore after a recent storm.



A series of violent storms last week blew the creature's carcass onto the beach. Onlookers first believed the grisly 9-meter find was the remains of a prehistoric sea creature. Now, after a more thorough examination, experts believe it was the decomposed body of an Orca whale.

One can make out a set of large teeth on the specimen, as well as a pair of flippers. While these features point to an Orca, some still believe the animal could be a prehistoric creature.

News of the discovery spread when a video was posted on YouTube, asking viewers to help identify it. Marine mammal expert Anton van Helden was one of the first to suggest the animal could be an Orca, based on how the fins looked.



It would not be uncommon to find Orcas outside New Zealand, since the animals have a large migration span. Unfortunately, a concrete answer may never be reached since the remains have now been washed back into the ocean.

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leighfoulkes314

Wow, that is disgusting looking. I pity the fellow that gets the job of cleaning that thing up.

March 09 2014 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vaygollybum1

Seems that the mouth is too narrow for an orca. And why do you never hear about a dna test? Seems like the creatures disappear and no one knows what happens to them!

January 20 2014 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

false killer whale?

November 20 2013 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

false killer whale?

November 20 2013 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Michael

im no doctor in anmianls but it would seem to not be of our orgin so who ever said its a whale it stems to turn the other way of course sinking befor hitting shore people have a vas emigition into seeing the unthinkable so it is as seen remarkable find tho im not in that region im in texas and everythings bigger in texas lol have fun enjoy bee cool im outa here

October 29 2013 at 7:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

I belive the floating carcus is not a whale and what ever it is would have sunk with the mannutude of this orgin not saying what it could be im no doctor on the anminal nor in that region im in texas whare everythings biger in texas lol

October 29 2013 at 7:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeanpoetpicard

Oh No! It was Puff...the magic dragon......aaawwwwwwwww

September 30 2013 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wuz up eh?

Jaws killed it.

September 16 2013 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
claudomedo

Why didn\'t they gather some tissue for a DNA analysis? If there was a question as to what it was, seems to me that that should have been done immediately!

September 09 2013 at 5:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Stiv

The location is correct for a remnent species of Icthyosaur or leopleurodon category, yet also in that ocean region is the almost extinct dwarf spern whale species, so there are unusual whale species in that area also. What I'm amazed about is the lack of science response to this find! Why wouldn't university pick this up! Things like this are wonderful graduate school projects!

August 26 2013 at 7:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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