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Posted on 06/30/2010 9:36:54 PM PDT by shibumi
Researchers have discovered the fossilised remains of an ancient whale with huge, fearsome teeth.
Writing in the journal Nature, the scientists have dubbed the 12 million-year-old creature "Leviathan".
It is thought to have been more than 17m long, and might have engaged in fierce battles with other giant sea creatures from the time.
Leviathan was much like the modern sperm whale in terms of size and appearance.
Continue reading the main story At the same time in the same waters was another monster... they might have fought each other Dr Christian de Muizon
Natural History Museum, Paris But that is where the similarity ends. While the sperm whale is a relatively passive animal, sucking in squid from the depths of the ocean, Leviathan was an aggressive predator.
According to Dr Christian de Muizon, director of the Natural History Museum in Paris, Leviathan could have hunted out and fed on large sea creatures such as dolphins, seals and even other whales.
"It was a kind of a sea monster," he said.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...
"Destruction of Leviathan" by Gustav Dore'
But could it beat a hippo? hmmmmmmmmm
You leave my maw out of this.
or I'll call my paw.
It was a whale of a whale.
Thanks martin_fierro and GeronL.
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Wow! So different from the gentle, vegetarian Sperm Whale....
Not “Very Like a Whale” is it?
Very Like a Whale
One thing that literature would be greatly the better for
Would be a more restricted employment by the authors of simile and metaphor.
Authors of all races, be they Greeks, Romans, Teutons or Celts,
Cant seem just to say that anything is the thing it is but have to
go out of their way to say that it is like something else.
What does it mean when we are told
That that Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold?
In the first place, George Gordon Byron had enough experience
To know that it probably wasnt just one Assyrian, it was a lot of
However, as too many arguments are apt to induce apoplexy and
thus hinder longevity.
Well let it pass as one Assyrian for the sake of brevity.
Now then, this particular Assyrian, the one whose cohorts were
gleaming in purple and gold,
Just what does the poet mean when he says he came down like a
wold on the fold?
In heaven and earth more than is dreamed of in our philosophy
there are great many things.
But I dont imagine that among them there is a wolf with purple
and gold cohorts or purple and gold anythings.
No, no, Lord Byron, before Ill believe that this Assyrian was
actually like a wolf I must have some kind of proof;
Did he run on all fours and did he have a hairy tail and a big red
mouth and big white teeth and did he say Woof Woof?
Frankly I think it is very unlikely, and all you were entitled to say,
at the very most,
Was that the Assyrian cohorts came down like a lot of Assyrian
cohorts about to destroy the Hebrew host.
But that wasnt fancy enough for Lord Byron, oh dear me no, he
had to invent a lot of figures of speech and then interpolate them,
With the result that whenever you mention Old Testament soldiers
to people they say Oh yes, theyre the ones that a lot of
wolves dressed up in gold and purple ate them.
Thats the kind of thing thats being done all the time by poets,
from Homer to Tennyson;
Theyre always comparing ladies to lilies and veal to venison,
And they always say things like that the snow is a white blanket
after a winter storm.
Oh it is, is it, all right then, you sleep under a six-inch blanket of
snow and Ill sleep under a half-inch blanket of unpoetical
blanket material and well see which one keeps warm,
And after that maybe youll begin to comprehend dimly
What I mean by too much metaphor and simile.
According to some geneticists, the hippo is the closest land-living relative of the whale.
Or Michael Moore.