Sure, I should probably be posting about knitting or something, or have a Favorite Things Friday post, but I'm just not feeling it, ya know? What I am feeling, or rather, what I am choosing to write about today, is about a plisosaur. A sea monster. That's right. I'm a huge fan of cryptozoology, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, all that good stuff. I was watching a show on Animal Planet, Lost Tapes, which is about cryptids, and they were discussing a pliosaur in Monterey Bay. They showed a picture of an animal that was found in 1977 by a Japanese fishing vessel, the Zuiyo-maru, off the coast of New Zealand.
You can see the pictures HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Just as a warning, they are quite disgusting, which is why I'm giving out links rather than posting them on here. This guy, whatever he is, has been dead and has had time to decompose for quite a while.
Looks a lot like a plesiosaur, doesn't it? Oh, what's a plesiosar? Nessie, Champ.... these guys:
I digress. Back to the pliosaur. The article and the scientists who studied the pictures and tissue samples have pretty much decided it was a basking shark at one point.
Despite all the mismatched facts, there can be no definite identification. The scientists working, over 30 years ago had only tissue samples and photographs to work on, rather than a head or a vertebra which would have lead to more definite results. It seems like no matter what happen, the only way the mass populace and modern science (excepting, those of course, who do believe in the existence of animals unknown to science) that a real flesh and blood animal must be seen in order to convince people.
Information, photographs and quotes courtesy Sea-monster or Shark? An Analysis of a Supposed PLesiosaur Caracass Netted in 1977 by Glen J. Kuban.
Images courtesy Google Images.
MonsterQuest airs on History Channel; check local listings
Lost Tapes airs on Animal Planet; check local listings.