And Then There Was The ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized New Zealand In The 1880’s

Saurian Monster - also known as Thoracosaurus
Listen to this article
Saurian Monster - also known as Thoracosaurus
Saurian Monster – also known as Thoracosaurus

The Saurian Monster must have left a ghoulish sight in the wake of his macabre stride.

It all started in October 1886 when workers found a sheep picked clean to the bones at the Frankton Junction slaughter yards, near Hamilton in New Zealand. The reports told the story of the sheep carcass that was taken from the hook where it hung and it’s flesh was eaten. The reports stated that some creature did it and only left a strange trail of footprints, unlike any other, behind.

These footprints, according to the New Zealand’s Daily Telegraph at the time, were ‘undoubtedly the traces of a saurian monster’ (‘Saurian’ is defined as lizard-like). The newspaper’s conclusion was that this monster must be an alligator or crocodile, despite the fact of New Zealand’s smattering of living reptiles being, without exception, only a few inches long.

The people of the Waikato region kept a constant lookout for this terrifying foe throughout the following two months.  Numerous sightings followed. Farmboys reported seeing it in the river, with its head poking up from the creek; indigenous Maori told settlers that they had known of it for some time and called it a taniwha. A year earlier a Maori girl had allegedly been found dead in the same river, with the flesh stripped from her arm.

  Beautiful Oil Pastel Drawings of Flowers Drenched In Golden Honey

Gradually, a picture of how the creature must look like began to emerge. It was not an alligator, but something more menacing. Two men had a personal experience with the Saurian Monster when crossing the Waikato river their canoes were almost capsized by the creature. It then chased them all the way to the shore. They described it as ‘of immense size with large jaws showing jagged teeth. The body was covered with long shaggy black hair’.

Then, a breakthrough! The monster was found napping in the area of the Raglan coast. It was captured and shot twice in the head.  The papers reported that “It is 12 feet long and 6 feet in girth, with two large screw-like propellers in lieu of a tail. Its head is like that of a leopard, with two rows of formidable teeth, 12 in each row. Its skin was silver and its stomach was found to be full of the bodies of birds”.

However, an enterprising settler had plans for this beast. He bought the carcass and intended to exhibit it across the world and, of course, make a few bucks of it at the same time. But his elaborate plans were ruined when the beast was finally unmasked, on November 26 of that year.

  Top Ten Pain Relievers In Ancient Times

The United Press Association published their big reveal with the headline: “The ‘Saurian Monster’ Proves To Be A Grey Seal.”

It’s unlikely that this was an actual grey seal, since they don’t live in New Zealand, but rather a seal that was gray. And the leopard-like head was not so unexplainable in the end after all. Though one can’t help to wonder which one of the hundreds of thousands of New Zealand fur seals was, as they wrote, ‘believed to be still at large’.

atlas obscura


4 thoughts on “And Then There Was The ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized New Zealand In The 1880’s

  1. I precisely needed to thank you very much yet again. I’m not certain the things that I would’ve used in the absence of the creative ideas documented by
    you relating to this subject matter. It was before a very daunting crisis
    for me personally, however , spending time with the expert form you handled
    it took me to jump for fulfillment. Now i’m grateful for your advice and
    then wish you are aware of a powerful job you happen to be carrying out instructing many others via your website.
    I know that you’ve never come across any of us.

  2. Nền tảng mặc định của các trang web WP là “động”.

    Nghĩa là thiết bị chủ luôn xây dựng thương hiệu 1 trang web mới sở hữu mỗi truy
    cập từ khách hàng. Quá trình có mặt web từ code này qua rất nhiều bước.
    Từ việc truy vấn cơ sở dữ liệu, tổng hợp và tạo nội dụng, rồi đưa đến người đọc.
    Khi mang rộng rãi người cùng ghé thăm website, điều này còn tệ hơn nữa.

    Phương thuốc hiệu quả cho vấn đề này là plugin cache.
    Chúng tự động lưu lại các trang web được xuất hiện và mau lẹ đưa đến người dùng tiếp theo.
    Bạn chắc chắn cải thiện tốc độ website
    của mình tới 500% chỉ có 1 bước đơn thuần như thế
    này. Các trang web được tạo mới sẽ được “cache” trên ram hoặc đĩa cứng để công tác cho người dùng tiếp theo.
    Một vài plugin đơn giản và không mất phí cho người
    mới bắt đầu như WP Super Cache hoặc WPTC.

    Những plugin này đơn giản chỉ bật là chạy.
    Với plugin WP Swift Performance và WP ROCKET, bạn cứng cáp cải thiện website ở cấp độ cao nhất và đem đến hiệu năng thấp nhất.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *