A strange looking creature has washed up on the Pukehina Beach in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand and no one has any clue about its identity or origin.
The carcass of the marine creature is 9-meters long, has basic flippers and a gaping jaw with sharp teeth.
It had washed up last week and there are rumors that it is the remains of a prehistoric sea monster – probably belonging to some species of dinosaurs.
Such reports have appeared in the past – for example, in 1896, a 2-meter tall sea creature had washed up in St Augustine, Florida and after examining it in details, the scientists concluded that it was a new species of octopus.
More recently, in 2003, a bizzare 12-meter 13-tonne 'Chilean Blob' washed ashore in Los Muermos beach – marine biologists initially thought it to be a type of giant squid but it was finally established that it was the remains of a sperm whale!!
In the latest find in New Zealand, marine mammal expert Anton Van Heldon has examined the ‘monster’ carcass and feels that it is a killer whale – his conclusion is based the fin structure.
Incidentally, killer whales, or orcas, are sometimes spotted in the Bay of Plenty – hence, the possibility cannot be ignored.
Obviously, there still are plenty of mysteries all around us like the Loch Ness monster and Nature keeps springing surprises to keep us on our toes.
Source : couriermail.com.au
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