Friday, May 6, 2011

Creature Feature: The Waitoreke

Not all cryptids are giant, monstrous creatures. Some, like the Waitoreke, are simply animals whose existence has yet to be proven by science. The Waitoreke, an otter-like creature believed by some to be living in New Zealand, may not be a monster but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting.

Its name comes from a Maori phrase that means ‘disappear into water.” The Waitoreke is thought to live in swamps and has a dark brown coat. It’s considered by some to be related to otters, beavers, seals, or even the platypus. If this creature exists, it could be something special because New Zealand’s has no living native land mammals.

Of course there’s always the possibility that the Waitoreke is actually some sort of imported and misidentified animal. Most of the evidence of this animal comes from witness sightings which aren’t always the most accurate source. Butt it’s always possible that the Waitoreke is a real living animal. Maybe someday we will know for sure. Or maybe it will stay hidden in the water and in people’s imaginations.

What do you think? Do you think the Waitoreke could be a real animal?


  1. It is possible. I think there are more than a few mysterious sightings that could be a regular animal yet to be identified. A mammal native to there would be interesting!

  2. How can I have lived in NZ for seven years and not know about this? I'm going to start asking around and see if anybody I know has ever seen one!

  3. I agree with what Jennifer Jackson said.

  4. I agree that it would be interesting if they found one of these!

    Carrie, let me know if you find anyone who has ever seen one!