Apologies if anything about this has already been posted. My searches yielded nothing, so I'm assuming it's safe to go ahead with this thread.
The monster, in one of the only widely-distributed photos of it.
I'm assuming I'm not the only person on this site who's read about the mysterious case of the gargantuan sea monster that washed ashore of
Tecoluta, Mexico in March of 1969.
Perhaps if you were around back then you would've heard of it. Maybe not. It quickly became an international media sensation after it's initial
appearance, though it was shallowly dismissed, which I'll cover later in this post. Now, onto the story itself:
The dead beast that washed up on the Tecoluta beach was described as weighing as much as 35 tons. It was also described as being serpentine in
appearance, and covered with jointed armor-like plates. The creature also had a 10 foot horn protruding from its head that was estimated to weight at
around a ton.
The first biologists to study the creature were completely baffled but initially reported the creature to be a narwhal. They eventually relented,
though, and admitted that the creature could not be matched to any sea creature known to man.
The international media covered the story for a while, sensationalizing it as a prehistoric monster washing up on a sunny Mexican beach.
On April 20, 1969, a commission of seven scientists that had studied the beast further concluded that it was a decomposing
, also known as a finback whale. They also decided that the badly decomposing body should
be buried immediately because it was of no more use for research.
A political battle between the commission and the mayor of Tecoluta erupted as the mayor sought to keep the smelly corpse as a tourist attraction.
Eventually the mayor 'won' and the carcass remained on shore until it was either totally destroyed by nature or washed back out to sea.
The seven-man commission reported that they were 'satisfied' with their findings about the creature's identity.
However, many people have found problems with the strange antics and explanations of the scientific commission.
Rorqual whales do not possess any sort of horn-like protrusion, nor do they have armor plating
. Regardless of this glaring problem with the
commission's explanation, they still kept up that the beast was a Rorqual.
And a question: why were they so intent to have the creature buried as soon as possible? Surely they weren't concerned only with the terrible stench
of the decaying body?
As far as I know, nobody has been able to provide any definite explanation as to what the Tecoluta sea beast really was, unless you buy into the
scientists' Rorqual theory.
Here are a few links to sites and articles about the Tecoluta incident, though because of the limited information surrounding it, most of the
information is the same from site to site:
has a mini-article about it towards the bottom of the page.
is more in-depth regarding the
Feel free to go and see if you can turn up any more on Google.
One last note: the American Monsters article claims that the Tecoluta monster bears similarities to other creatures identified as "The Ataka
Carcass," "Mentigi Monster" and "Suwarrow Island Devilfish." I'm not familiar with these reported sea creatures, so if anyone has any
information to share, it'd be great to see. In the meantime I'm gonna be reading up on them on my own.
Thanks for taking the time to read through this. I'd love to see others' thoughts, opinions and additions to this strange story.