Sea Monster of the Indian and North Pacific
Variant names: Trunko, Margate monster
Physical description: Length, 25–47 feet. Covered
in thick, white fur. Tapering head like an
elephant’s, 5 feet long. Trunklike appendage, 5
feet long and 14 inches in diameter. Tail, 14
feet long, beginning at the rib section.
Behavior: Fights with whales.
Distribution: The coasts of South Africa and
Significant sightings: On November 1, 1922,
Hugh Ballance saw two whales fighting with an
unusual animal some 1,300 yards off the shore
near Margate, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South
Africa. Through binoculars, it looked like a
huge polar bear with a tail with which it struck
the whales repeatedly. Crowds of people
watched the battle for three hours until the
monster was killed. The next night, the carcass
washed ashore and lay on the beach for ten days.
It had an elephant’s trunk and was covered in
In November 1930, the carcass of a 25-foot
animal with a long and tapering head washed up
on Glacier Island, Alaska. W. J. McDonald, supervisor
of the Chugach National Forest, and
six others examined the body, which had very
little flesh left on it. The widest part of the skeleton
was 3 feet 2 inches. Its weight was estimated
at 1,000 pounds.
(1) A decomposing shark or whale, where
the dried-out, fibrous connective tissue
looks like white fur.
(2) An unknown marine mammal,
completely unlike anything else in the fossil