Monday, December 29, 2008

The Trunko - A Creature of Cryptozoology

by Robert Benjamin

Margate Beach in South Africa is popular these days as a prime spot for watching and observing whales. However, on November 1, 1922, the beach became a spot for a peculiar battle of three gigantic beasts of the sea.

The battle of two whales and a very weird beast captured the attention of beach goers and locals of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The said beast resembled a sea creature which appeared to be elephant like.

According to the witnesses, the epic battle lasted for as long as three hours. Though it seems that the weird monster overpowered the two whales, no victor emerged from the clash. The long battle resulted with the death of the three giants.

However, the amusement and bewilderment did not end with battle. Several hours after the battle was over, the carcass of the bizarre creature invaded the shores of Margate Beach.

According those who saw the weird corpse, the beast was unbelievable forty seven feet long, ten feet wide and five feet in height.

Surprisingly, the observers saw no apparent head of the creature but it inevitably had a long trunk that sprang from its torso. The trunk which seemed like that of an elephant's was at least five feet in length with a fourteen inch diameter. Because of its trunk, British cryptozoologist Dr Karl Shuker named it as "Trunko".

Aside from the weird trunk, the Trunko had a tail which was twice the length of its trunk. The tail seemed to look like that of a lobster's. Despite the fact that it was assumed to be a sea creature, it didn't have scales. Instead, it was covered with snow-white fur that was at least eight inches long.

Intriguingly, no scientists came to the beach to examine the carcass of the bizarre creature. For ten days, the local people and the beach goers feasted their eyes on the carcass but not one marine life explorer; zoologist or biologist paid any attention to it.

Sadly enough, the tide pulled the giant carcass back to the sea on the tenth day and it became a supposed-to-be significant discovery that was wasted. To add to the disappointment of the wasted chance, it took the London Daily Mail two years before they ran a story on the event. It seems that whatever occurred in KwaZulu-Natal remained a secret of that region.

According to theories of some crypto zoologist, the Trunko might have been a variety of an aquatic elephant. They proposed that such animals may have evolved and went back to their marine habitats for the purpose of survival and sustenance.

There is a website that describes the Trunko and numerous other creatures of Cryptozoology in detail, this website is called: Unknown Creatures and it may be found at this url:

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Robert W. Benjamin has been in the software business on the internet for over 8 years, and has been producing low-cost software for the past 25+ years. He first released software on the AMIGA and C64 computer systems in the late 1970's-80's. Robert has written many articles pertaining to numerous subjects, and he has also developed over 6 different websites. Fishing Stringer

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