Unknown ‘sea monster’ measuring 30 feet long and with huge teeth has been discovered on a New Zealand beach
The rotten carcass of a mysterious-looking ‘sea monster’ has been found on a New Zealand beach.
A YouTube video filmed by Elizabeth Ann at Pukehina Beach shows the half-buried head of the carcass with jagged teeth and gaping jaws.
Most of the rest of the creature’s body is missing.
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The 30-foot-long carcass of the mysterious sea creature is seen nearly buried under sand on New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty beach. Only its head and what appear to be flippers are visible.
A close-up of the creature’s gaping mouth shows its fearsome jagged teeth. This image is part of a series of photographs taken by YouTube user Elizabeth Anne at Pukehina Beach, off the coast of New Zealand
The strange 30-foot-long carcass washed up on the shores of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty after storms last month.
The coastline is approximately 120 miles southeast of Auckland City.
Ann filmed the discovery and posted the video on YouTube.
The description said: ‘Can anyone identify what it is?’
‘It has a huge head and rudimentary finned teeth.’
‘It looks about 9 meters long, but the lower part of the body is probably mostly entrails from an attack.’
An idyllic scene – until you spot the giant sea monster in the foreground. A marine expert believes the carcass to be that of a killer whale, an animal commonly found in the Bay of Plenty, where the beast was found.
The creature’s mouth and surrounding skin resemble a bizarre prehistoric beast. Other suggestions about the creature include a giant moray eel and a saltwater crocodile.
In another video by Elizabeth Ann, she added: “The huge sea creature appeared after a storm.
‘It had been attacked by something in the water.
‘Locals aren’t sure what it is, although it has spurred a lot of discussion.’
Suggestions as to what the creature could be include a saltwater crocodile, a giant moray eel, a dolphin or a dinosaur.
Photos of the animal have been sent to the New Zealand Department of Conservation and the Kelly Tarlton Aquarium for identification.
Marine mammal expert Anton van Helden dismissed all these ideas and told New Zealand’s Channel 3 that the creature’s fin structure is similar to that of a killer whale.
Killer whales are common around Fiji and the Bay of Plenty.
More tests are being carried out to confirm this theory.
The sea monster found off the coast of New Zealand would have been around nine meters long. It has large flippers, seen below the head, but the rest of the animal’s body has been ripped off.
The bizarre creature has large, blackened teeth, which experts believe could help identify it as a killer whale.