See the whale that was eaten by a whale, then add a shark
Thursday, June 11, 2015, 9:38 PM - This giant whale must have been really hungry.
Researchers in Egypt discovered the remains of a 60-foot-long, 40-million-year old whale with another whale inside, that was then eaten by sharks.
Although the smaller whale inside could have been a fetus, comparable to today’s orcas, the basilosaurus is known to eat other whales.
The fossils were discovered in “Whale Valley,” located at Wadi al-Hitan, a UNESCO World Heritage site southwest of Cairo.
Other sea creatures such as crab and sawfish were also found inside the enormous whale, the Cairo Post reports.
Shark teeth were found next to the whale’s skeleton, which showed scientists that sharks likely ate the whale after it perished.
Basilosaurus is a genus of early whale that lived 40 to 34 million years ago, that was thought to have been a marine reptile in the 1830s when the species was first discovered by naturalist Richard Halen, according to The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University.
The fossils recently found include the smallest vertebras of the tail, making it the only complete basilosaurus skeleton in the world, Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy told the Cairo Post.
Whale Valley also contains the remains of the long-extinct suborder of whales known as Archaeoceti, according to UNESCO. The site is significant as it covers the era in which the whale went from a land-based animal to an ocean-roving mammal.
Since its discovery in 1902, Whale Valley is home to the fossilized remains of at least 10 whales.
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