Recently I had spoken about a sea creature that had been rumored to be inhabiting Antarctica and was first brought to the forefront of enthusiasts, after a Japanese website called 2channel had a poster who was working with a whale research ship, that observed a massive albino humanoid creature in the waters.
One of the most famous of sea-creatures that modern day man has been obsessed over, where stories have streamed in of it being observed all over the world, is the plesiosaur. Yes, by the name itself, it’s a pre-historic dinosaur that inhabited the oceans millions of years ago. It’s believed that they became extinct, around the same time the land dinosaurs did.
But because of these various sightings, it’s always hope or maybe a thought of the possibility that these massive sea creatures have retreated to the depths of the ocean and have stayed there since the beginning of their existence.
One of the biggest events associated with plesiosaur sightings, came from the retrieval of a carcass by a Japanese trawler back in 1977, off the coast of New Zealand. This massive carcass was unidentifiable, but had the resemblance of a plesiosaur.
Plesiosaurs were described to have long necks and flippers, on the sides of their torso, with very short tails. They were massive creatures, with the smallest having a length of over 6 feet and the largest over 49 feet (15 meters). Now that’s some massive measurements. They’ve been coined as the largest sea creature to have ever existed. The excitement of possibly finding one of these, is extremely grand. It was no wonder that the Japanese trawler crew, were confused by what they had found.
Eventually the crew decided to throw the carcass back into it’s watery grave because of the possibility of it contaminating and spoiling their cargo. As they hoisted and maneuvered the carcass back to throw it into the ocean, it slipped and fell onto the deck of the ship. It’s from this point that an oceanological high school graduate decided to take better observation and pictures of this water creature. Tissue samples were also collected.
When the oceanological high school graduate got back to shore, this news was spread to the masses. There were grand events to announce the findings and various scientists taking observations of the pictures and making their own speculations. Some claimed and were positive that it was the decomposing carcass of a shark, specifically a basking shark.
Eventually, before the hype of this find could be stopped, rumors of a plesiosaur found off the coast of New Zealand was in Japanese newspapers and media. Unfortunately, after this had been spread and deemed to be true, and caused grand production of items in relation to the finding; stamps, toys, etc., the tissue samples results brought back that this lovely find, was no other than a shark.
Click the link to read the whole story, about the plesiosaur found in New Zealand and how it was determined to be just a shark.