A large animal carcass that washed up on a Bay of Plenty beach left some locals wondering if they’d come across the remains of a prehistoric animal. The carcass was discovered by a group of quad bikers on a beach about 5km east of Pukehina Beach, New Zealand.
The photos were forwarded to marine mammal expert Anton van Helden, who said the carcass was that of an orca. He was able to identify it because orcas have a distinctive ‘flipper’. “It’s hard to say how it died,” he says.