It looks like something out of a Jules Verne novel, a sea creature from the bottomless depths. What exactly was the 6.5-foot sea creature discovered by a veterinarian on the coast of New Zealand?
When photos posted to social media by Maria Lombard they caught the attention of local reporters and for good reason. What the heck was it?
Lombard believed it was an eel, but it was actually a smooth skate, a type of ray, according to the Museum of New Zealand te Papa on Tongarewa, which had someone look at the photos and post a response on Twitter.
The interesting skull and backbone presented an intriguing find similar to that last summer of an oarfish on Catalina Island, a whale blob in Mexico and a mysterious skull that washed ashore in Alaska.