Mystery dragon-like creature found on New Zealand’s Waiterere beach

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What is this mystery dragon-like creature found on Waitarere Beach, New Zealand?

The remains of a sea snake? Could this be an eel? What kind of alien sea creature is that?

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Facebook / Maria Lombard
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Facebook / Maria Lombard
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Facebook / Maria Lombard
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According to specialists, this weird skeleton is that of a smooth skate, dipturus innominatus.

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Photo: Clinton Duffy/Auckland Museum

The New Zealand smooth skate can grow up to nearly eight-feet long and is typically found at depths between 50 and 4,200 feet. The species is widespread throughout New Zealand waters.

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