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Photo: Google Earth. A long swirled wake was spotted on Google Earth in Oke Bay, part of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Photo: Google Earth.
A long swirled wake was spotted on Google Earth in Oke Bay, part of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Too big to be a shark and too fast for a whale…

So what is the mystery creature captured by Google Earth off the coast of New Zealand?

  • Engineer Pita Witehira spotted a large unexplained wake about a week ago
  • He was looking at Oke Bay, in the Bay of Islands, an area on the east coast of the Far North District of New Zealand’s North Island
  • It wasn’t caused by a boat because there is no white foam from a motor 
  • Mr Witehira also doesn’t think a shark or whale could have caused it

A giant mystery sea creature is thought to have been spotted in the turquoise waters of one of New Zealand’s most idyllic bays.

A huge unexplained wake can be seen in a Google Earth image of Oke Bay, in the Bay of Islands, an area on the east coast of the Far North District of the country’s North Island, captured by satellite at about 11.30am on January 30.

Engineer Pita Witehira, who spotted the wake while on Google Earth researching for his holiday home, told Daily Mail Australia the wake could have been left by a creature around 12 metres in size.

Mr Witehira, from Hamilton, New Zealand, said: ‘The Native Maori would call this a “Taniwha” (‘Troll’) as it appears not to be a whale and it is far too big to be a shark. It is moving too fast and turning too sharply to be a whale.’

Mr Witehira also ruled out that a boat was the cause of the wake because there is no white froth like normal wakes created by motors.

‘I spotted it about a week ago. We have some property near Oke Bay and I’m about to build a beach chalet up there, I zoomed down and found that,’ he said.

‘It’s way too wide for a shark and way too long… It’s got to have a lot of weight under the water to create that kind of drag.’ Oke Bay has a quite white sand beach and the water stays shallow for around 40 metres ‘with a sudden deep drop into the bay’.

‘There is a lot of undergrowth in the deeper parts of the Bay,’ Mr Witehira explained.

 Daily Mail

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  • Dotcoms submarine doing a practice run.

    • Justsayn

      To paraphrase a sheriff from Amity… the lookout caught his first glimpse of Dotcom, turned to his Captain, and said “We’re going to need a bigger sub”.

  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

    Looks like a boat wake. Not all boats leave white wakes.

  • john Doe

    Looks like the good folk of OKE Bay are getting set up for a Taniwha Tax.

  • Quinton Hogg

    If that is a taniwha then I have a really good bridge to sell…..

  • david W

    Could this be a boat that stopped a minute or two (seconds?) before the satellite fly over? Or a sail boat, which wouldn’t have an outboard? Given there is the wake waves clearly visible would it be possible to calculate speed, or is mass needed?

  • Davo42

    That is a Whale Oil Beef Hooked Shark. A whale shark fits the criteria of the description spot on.

  • Betty Swallocks

    Could be KDC on a surfboard perhaps?

    On the other hand, if you look at the image of this location on Google Maps in satellite view and zoom in to the seaward end of the dark line, there is an object about 5M long that looks suspiciously like an IRB. Maybe the only taniwha (troll) involved in this story is an engineer from Hamilton. Great fact checking from the Daily Mail Australia!

  • DangerMice

    how is he deducing the velocity from 1 still?

    • WayneO

      I don’t know – therefore aliens.

  • Orange

    Heh, google maps does that automatically to boats.

  • maninblack
    • MoggieManiac

      It’s a boat being followed by a very large conger eel.

      • Bruce Wayne

        Or lots of little conga eels…

  • Dairy_Flat

    Boat. You can even see the underwater prop wash from the single outboard in Earth. No expensive to please boogie man here.

  • Captain Darling

    has Nessie escaped and turned up in Oke Bay?

  • symgardiner

    It’s a boat. You can see its outline if you zoom in. It looks like a catamaran which explains the funny water effect.

  • Michael_l_c

    Kdc doing a runner

  • stanman

    its a boat.
    Underwater prop wash line visible(looks like a giant worm), boat visible. wake visble.

  • Timboh

    It’s just google maps moving the Oke bay sign closer to the land.

  • Red

    Yes, definitely a twin hulled taniwha. Further South we call them boats

  • WayneO

    Is this the same Pita (Peter) Witehira, engineer of Hamilton, behind Powerbeat Technology. The same charlatan and snakeoil salesman?

  • Bretto

    Rawshark fleeing the country?

  • Bretto

    I understand there may be no prop wash, but don’t we also have sail boats in NZ?

  • Ian

    Murrys Bay Wharf, North Shore, Auckland.

    I saw this on Google earth a while back.

    A BIG splash. Great capture.