The Centre for Fortean Zoology was founded in the UK in 1992 - nearly 20 years ago. Over the past two decades it has expanded to become a truly global organisation. We opened our American office in 2001, or Australian office in 2009, and now - in our 19th year - we are proud to welcome CFZ New Zealand to the CFZ global family.

Friday, 10 May 2013

'Globster' starts whale of a sea monster tale

This bizarre-looking 9m-long corpse washed ashore last week in New Zealand, fuelling speculation that it is the remains of a prehistoric sea monster washed up ashore from the deep.

This latest “monster” carcass is the latest in a long line of discoveries of bizarre, rotting corpses mistakenly identified as sea monsters or dinosaurs, or even just mysterious “blobsters”.

Marine mammal expert Anton Van Heldon examined the latest ‘monster’ carcass in New Zealand and believes it is a killer whale, based on the fin structure. Killer whales, or orcas, are sometimes spotted in the Bay of Plenty.


  1. The teeth of killer whales (Orcinus orca) and those from the false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) look very similiar without further analysis so this was probably the reason why he used the fin for identification. The flippers of P. crassidens are "narrow, short and pointed" while those of O. orca are rounded. This is the case in one of the pictures of this carcass.

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