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Bizarre sea creature washes up in New Zealand

By T.K. Randall
November 28, 2018 · Comment icon 18 comments

What type of creature is this ? Image Credit: Facebook / Hanna Mary
This strange looking 'sea monster' was found washed up on a beach near Christchurch after a storm.
It was found by local resident Hanna Mary and her mother last Saturday.

"First I thought it was a plastic sheeting," she said. "I pulled it out from underneath the sticks and it was a bit more than just a piece of plastic."

"My first thought was that it was something alien, but I was more fascinated than anything."

After a local taxidermist failed to identify it, Hanna decided to upload images of the discovery on to Facebook in the hope that someone online would be able to determine what it was.
According to Dr Malcolm Francis of The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), the creature is most likely a male rough skate (Dipturus nasutus).

"They are called rough skate because they are very prickly... it's quite common in Canterbury," he said. "It's like flat shark, it has a skeleton made out of cartilage."

"They spend much of their time on the bottom."

Source: New Zealand Herald | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Alien Origins 5 years ago
Not hardly.
Comment icon #10 Posted by psyche101 5 years ago
Yeah, the bottom row of teeth seals it.   
Comment icon #11 Posted by Robotic Jew 5 years ago
"bizarre looking..." would have been more appropriate...but probably wouldn't have generated many clicks...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Dynamo X 5 years ago
In that case it must be a plesiosaur then
Comment icon #13 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
Thanks for posting that. I eas wondering if it was a skate or ray.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 5 years ago
It’s Harold Holt.
Comment icon #15 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
I don't know, is it OK to put up a laughing smiley to that one? 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 5 years ago
Comment icon #17 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
Comment icon #18 Posted by the13bats 5 years ago
Looks like a "jenny haniver" Back in the 80s my dad made a few, he was into taxidermy and was talked into making a gaff or two....

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