Video of a sea monster carcass washed up on the shores of New Zealand sparked the interests of sea monster fans everywhere:
The carcass was found on Pukehina Beach in the Bay of Plenty. It has a long, large body and enormous teeth. The uploader of the YouTube video, "Elizabeth Ann," described the mystery beast like this:
“Can anyone identify what it is? It has a huge head and teeth with rudimentary flippers. It seems about 9 [meters] in length but the lower part of the body is probably mainly entrails from an attack.”
New Zealand Sun Live sought the help of marine mammal expert Anton van Helden, who said the remains are most likely an Orca, based on the fins. Orca, often (and accurately) referred to as "killer whales" are ferocious aquatic mammals related to dolphins. They hunt a range of sea-dwelling creatures from a variety of fish to sea lions, walruses and even some whales. Orca have no natural predators of their own.
The moral of this story is not that exciting sea monsters inevitably turn out to be something you have already heard of, the moral of this story is that we live among sea monsters. They are over twenty feet long, enormous teeth, a danger to creatures big and small. Sea monsters aren't just the stuff of legend, they live among us!