Category Archives: SEA ANIMALS

Meet the ‘vampire’ parasite that masquerades as a living tongue

THIS FISH HAS THE FASTEST BITE IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM-NO GO 4 SLOW MO. WATCH VIDEO

This Hairy Frogfish’s Bite is Too Fast For Slow-Motion

The fastest bite in the animal kingdom.

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Fearsome Triassic ‘ocean lizard’ was a tweezer-snouted weirdo

Its unusual skull is unlike any in reptiles alive today.

Artist’s depiction of Gunakadeit joseeae.
(Image: © Artwork by Ray Troll, copyright 2020)

Scientists just discovered the remains of a weirdo sea creature with a “tweezer snout” that would have roamed the seas hundreds of millions of years ago.

Known as thalattosaurs (“ocean lizard”), these reptiles measured up to 16 feet (5 meters) in length, and were around for about 40 million years during the latter part of the Triassic period (251 million to 199 million years ago). They are known from a scant collection of fossils, but the find in Alaska provided researchers with the most complete thalattosaur skeleton unearthed in North America.

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Archaeologists Unearth Hollowed-Out Whale Vertebra Containing Human Jawbone, Remains of Newborn Lambs

Iron Age Scots made the unusual vessel with the bone of a fin whale, Earth’s second
largest whale species
Whale Vessel

When archaeologists excavated a Scottish Iron Age site called the Cairns in 2016, they discovered a hollowed-out whale vertebra filled with a trio of unexpected objects: a human jaw bone and the remains of two newborn lambs. Dated to about the mid-2nd century A.D., the vessel was propped near the entrance of a broch, or type of roundhouse, and held in place by a pair of red deer antlers and a large grinding stone.