Unfortunately, these "blobsters" often turn out to just be the badly decomposed remains of more familiar creatures. As for the prehistoric-looking creature that washed up in New Zealand last week, that's almost certainly the case: a marine biologist identified the carcass as a badly decomposed killer whale.
Marine mammal expert Anton van Helden told 3 News the he could identify the animal as an orca by a distinctive flipper.
Luana Lovell-Dewes, one of four bikers who discovered and photographed the mysterious creature on near Pukehina Beach in Bay of Plenty, posted a video on YouTube of the 30-foot animal in the hopes it would be identified.
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