' (pronounced "TUHN-i-fuh") is a legendary monster said by the Maori
to live in the ocean and inland waters of New Zealand
, hiding in deep pools, rivers
and dark caves
Long relegated to the realms of folklore, taniwha underwent a renaissance in 2002 as inadvertant environmental guardians of sites otherwise prone to bulldozer-oriented development.
A taniwhasaur is a variety of mosasaur.