|Rocky shoreline at Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast|
In 1924 residents of Margate, a town on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, were amazed to see a battle in progress between two Killer Whales and a polar bear-like fish. For three hours they watched the battle out at sea. The strange creature eventually washed up on the Margate shore line where it lay decomposing for 10 days. Although no scientists investigated it at the time the animal was measured, and found to be 14 metres in length, and it appeared to have white fur and some sort of trunk which was 1.5 metres in length. This led to the creature being called Trunko. The carcass didn't appear to have a head. Although a photo of the animal had been published as far back as 1925 it was only in 2010 that a logical explanation was proposed by Karl Shuker. He identified Trunko as being a tough sac of blubber from a dead whale, after the rest of the skeleton and skin have separated from it. These are known as globsters. The white furry look of Trunko was actually tissue fibres. The Killer Whales, that it was supposedly battling, were merely tossing their food around.