By Fox News. Hanna Mary was strolling along a beach with her mom and pup close behind when she spotted what she first believed was plastic sheeting. After a rough storm hit Canterbury, New Zealand, last week, Mary anticipated piles of “rubbish” would wash ashore.
But when she inspected the bizarre-looking object Saturday at a Rakaia Huts beach, shrieking after she realized it wasn’t just another piece of trash — it was the skeleton of an “alien”-like critter. . .
With its wings, small fins on its back, two “legs” on either side and “barbs all over” that look like teeth, Mary had to partially agree with her followers that it was definitely unusual. That’s why she decided to take it to a local taxidermist, though he wasn’t able to confirm anything.
Malcolm Francis, a fisheries scientist and marine ecologist at National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), told the New Zealand Herald it’s a New Zealand rough skate, also known as a Dipturus nasutus.
“They are called rough skate because they are very prickly … it’s quite common in Canterbury,” Francis, who has been studying fish for more than 40 years, told the newspaper. “It’s like flat shark, it has a skeleton made out of cartilage. They spend much of their time on the bottom.” (Read more from “Mysterious Sea Creature Draws ‘Alien’ Comparisons” HERE)
‘It looks like the devil’: Mystery sea creature baffles locals after washing up on a New Zealand beach… so do you know what it is?
By Daily Mail. The skeleton of a mystery sea creature has washed up on a beach, baffling locals as to what kind of animal it could be. . .
The strange creature was found at a beach in Canterbury, New Zealand and was originally assumed to be an alien. . .
Skates are a type of fish that have cartilage instead of bone and enlarged pectoral fins attached to their heads forming a disc-shaped body. (Read more from “‘It looks like the devil’: Mystery sea creature baffles locals after washing up on a New Zealand beach… so do you know what it is?” HERE)