Mysterious sea creature washes up on New Zealand beach
October 14, 1997
Web posted at: 12:16 a.m. EDT (0416 GMT)
WANGANUI, New Zealand (CNN) -- It looks something like a lump
of rotting carpet, but the smell is unmistakably that of a
dead and decomposing sea creature.
Local residents are puzzled over a mysterious sea creature
that recently washed up on a New Zealand beach about 100
miles from Wellington.
A hairy fiber grew over its whitish flesh, and it has large,
A giant squid? A prehistoric marine species?
New Zealand scientists say it most likely is a partly
decomposed sperm whale.
The smell gives it away, according to Steve O'Shea of the
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
Other marine scientists agree, and say that as odd-looking as
the carcass may be, it does resemble two other fleshy masses
that washed ashore in the 1980s and turned out to be
Experts are examining the "glob," hoping once and for all to
unravel the mystery behind it.