‘Monster’ Carcass Washes Ashore in New Zealand

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 8th, 2013


A mysterious carcass washed ashore in New Zealand last week, fueling speculation about sea monsters and dinosaurs. The rotting animal was discovered by a group on four-wheel vehicles speeding along the beach in Bay of Plenty.

According to a story in New Zealand’s Sun Live newspaper, “beachgoers were stumped when they came across what they thought was a prehistoric creature on the shore … stretching about 9 meters (30 feet) in length with large teeth and rudimentary flippers.”

Video of the fearsome-looking animal was soon posted to YouTube, asking the public for help in figuring out what it was.

A marine biologist soon identified the remains as a killer whale, in part because of its distinctive flipper. The mystery was solved, but it’s not the first time an animal’s carcass has been mistaken for a monster. In fact, New Zealand is one of the most common places in the world — along with Newfoundland, Canada and Florida — for such “sea monsters” to appear.

Source: Discovery News

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

11 Responses to “‘Monster’ Carcass Washes Ashore in New Zealand”

  1. Connor Hutton via Facebook responds:

    finally someone who isn’t saying it’s proof of plesiosaurs or mosasaurs being out there

  2. Rob Catchandrelease Wolff via Facebook responds:

    Killer whale

  3. Elise Carter via Facebook responds:

    But it is amazing how many people here in the bible belt don’t believe in those dinosaurs…they go against God.

  4. Matt Varden via Facebook responds:

    They already confirmed it was the carcass of a killer whale.

  5. Travis Keene via Facebook responds:

    Compliments to the cameraman. Great steady camera work.

  6. gorilin responds:

    As in the case of the lost carcass in New Zealand in 1977, found by a Japanese trawler, in which case the victim was a Basking Shark and not a plesiosaurus, this is an orca.

  7. marcodufour responds:

    A killer whale would be my two pence worth.

  8. David M. Prus via Facebook responds:

    Whale carcasses are so cool looking

  9. SPOCKS responds:

    This looks very much like a decomposed killer whale, especially the teeth although at nine meters, it’s very big even for a male, unless of course they measured it to the very end of the loose strands of decomposing tail flukes, in which case it might very well fall into the average size catagory of about 5 to 7 meters.

  10. hoodoorocket responds:

    I’m sure I will be the hundredth person to have said this, once the comments are released, but as there are none showing yet-

    How is this not a killer whale?

    Cool find, none the less. If I were the kid who found it, I’d be scheming how to get it home and how to display it on my dresser top.

  11. Hucksterfoot responds:

    I don’t know what dinosaurs they would be talking about? Since neither plesiosaurs or mosasaurs are dinosaurs.

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