The Zuiyo-maru carcass a carcass of what is thought to be a plesiosaur, a very recent death in fact. When the fishing boat, the "Zuiyo- Maru" came across a floating heap of skin off the coast of New Zealand in 1977, the crew pulled it out of the water, took a couple of pictures, and threw it back into the ocean- a very bad decision. But thankfully, the crew had collected tissue samples and a bit of skin remains. There were some fins collected, too. After analysis, scientists conclude that the carcass shown is the carcass of a basking shark due to the number of amino acids displayed in the remaining tissue (I still think it's a plesiosaur!!!!). Scientists say that a decomposing basking shark carcass loses most of the lower head area, and the dorsal and caudal fins first- making them possible resemble a plesiosaur.


Zuiyo-maru103.jpgThese are pictures of the carcass taken before it was thrown back into the ocean.