Sea Monster ‘Exposed’

Posted by: Max Hawthorne on March 9th, 2016

(“Trunko” image credit: Bill Asmussen, Bill’s Hominid Artwork)

If you’re a regular to the ‪#‎KronosRising‬ Novel Series fan page, you know I’m a firm believer that there are numerous large, undocumented sea creatures inhabiting the world’s oceans. Whether they’re thought-to-be-extinct examples of already known species that have disappeared from the fossil record (Lazarus taxon) or new ones altogether remains to be seen.

One supposed sea monster, however, I am firmly convinced is an example of simple misidentification. That would be “Trunko,” a large animal that was seen battling Orcas off the coast of SA in 1924, and whose body washed ashore and was examined 10 days later.

IMHO ‪#‎Trunko‬ was NOT a sea monster. It was a male whale of some kind – maybe a sperm whale (possibly even a white one), and its “trunk” was simply the bull’s exposed organ.

If you compare the artist’s interpretation of Trunko to a photo of a male whale in an “elevated state” the similarity is undeniable.


My theory is supported by examination of the carcass, which stated that the trunk was attached directly to the torso of the animal. (for details, see)

Let it never be said I take an unrealistic approach to things.

Max Hawthorne About Max Hawthorne
Max Hawthorne is the author of Kronos Rising, book one in a new marine terror series. He grew up in Philadelphia and graduated with a BA from Central High School and a BFA from the University of the Arts. He is a world record-holding angler whose writing has appeared in a multitude of outdoor magazines and periodicals. He is an avid sportsman and conservationist. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and the collection of fossils and antiquities. He lives with his family in the Greater Northeast.

4 Responses to “Sea Monster ‘Exposed’”

  1. Goodfoot responds:

    GREAT GOOGAMOOGA!!! I didn’t realize Viagra had made it into the deep sea! I mean SERIOUSLY!

  2. dconstrukt responds:

    lol… looks like nothing more than a dead whale…. yawn 🙁

  3. Champ Voucher responds:

    I’m jealous.

  4. Jaded1 responds:

    The postulation that Trunko was a whale is very old news since Karl Shuker and Markus Hemmler discovered photographs in 2010 which shows it was a typical “globster”.

    I can see how the “trunk” could have been an erect whale penis when the whale was alive, but when it had died and was washed up on the shore wouldn’t it have gone flaccid?

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