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Bizarre sea creature washes up in New Zealand


Posted on Wednesday, 28 November, 2018 | Comment icon 14 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 (14)

Tags: New Zealand, Creature

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Carnoferox on 28 November, 2018, 20:17
The rostral cartilage of the carcass does somewhat resemble a goblin shark snout, but the teeth and fins are a dead giveaway that it is a ray.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Seti42 on 28 November, 2018, 21:18
Cool find! I want one. And, yeah...It's a skate. Anyone who's ever cared to look such things up (either at libraries or online) can make that educated guess with some certainty. Sure, I am no marine biologist and cannot nail down the exact species; but it's totally a skate/ray.
Comment icon #7 Posted by aztek on 28 November, 2018, 21:59
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dynamo X on 5 December, 2018, 20:01
Nah, its just a decaying Basking Shark
Comment icon #9 Posted by Carnoferox on 5 December, 2018, 20:31
Not at all.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Alien Origins on 6 December, 2018, 10:21
Not hardly.
Comment icon #11 Posted by psyche101 on 6 December, 2018, 10:48
Yeah, the bottom row of teeth seals it.   
Comment icon #12 Posted by Robotic Jew on 6 December, 2018, 13:51
"bizarre looking..." would have been more appropriate...but probably wouldn't have generated many clicks...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Dynamo X on 6 December, 2018, 20:24
In that case it must be a plesiosaur then
Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker on 9 December, 2018, 5:43
Thanks for posting that. I eas wondering if it was a skate or ray.


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