Archeology

5,000-year-old Bryde’s Whale Skeleton Unearthed in Thailand

An unusual, partly fossilized skeleton belonging to a Bryde whale, estimated to be about 5,000 years old, has been discovered by researchers in Thailand at an inland site west of Bangkok.

At the beginning of November, a skeleton weighing 12.5 meters (41ft), about the length of a truck, was discovered by a cyclist who saw some of the vertebrae coming out of the ground.

Since then, a team of scientists has been excavating the site.

“This whale skeleton is thought to be the only one in  Asia,” said Pannipa Saetian, a geologist in the Fossil Protection division of the Department of Mineral Resources.

“It’s very rare to find such a discovery in near-perfect condition,” said Pannipa, estimating that about 90 percent of the whale’s skeleton had been recovered.

“Yesterday, we found the right shoulder and fin,” she said, noting that about 36 backbone pieces had been unearthed. The bones needed to be carbon-dated to determine the exact age of the skeleton, she said.

Once the painstaking process of cleaning and preserving the fragile skeleton is complete, it will be exhibited.

Scientists hope the skeleton will provide more information to aid research into Bryde’s whale populations existing today as well as the geological conditions at the time.

Bryde’s whales, sometimes known as tropical whales for their preference for warmer waters, are found in coastal waters in parts of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans, including in the Gulf of Thailand.

Highly endangered, there are some 200 remaining of the whales in the South Pacific nation’s waters, and about 100,000 worldwide.

The footage revealed an adult and calf frolicking in the water and using a “lunge” feeding technique to feast on plankton and shoals of small fish.

In 2014, a 10.8-meter-long whale thought to be a Bryde’s whale, washed up at a remote beach in Hong Kong’s New Territories.

Conservationists said it could have died at sea before drifting to anthe inner bay off Hung Shek Mun, in Plover Cove Country Park.

Related Posts

Incredible Find: 18th-Century Spanish Shipwreck Yields Treasure Trove of Coins and Gems Worth $17 Million.

The Colombian army released images of one of the world’s most valuable shipwrecks, the location of which was unknown for nearly three centuries. Spain’s San Jose galleon was loaded with…

Stunning Discovery: Archaeology Intern Unearths Ancient Roman Dagger Dating Back 2,000 Years, Revealing Astonishing Restoration Results.

When it was found, some people thought it looked like a “chicken tender”. They probably changed their mind soon. The dagger, or ‘chicken tender’, as it was originally…

Incredible Discovery: Ancient Egyptian City Reveals Perennial Wicker Fruit Basket Slice Knitting with Thorn Techniques Preserved for 2,400 Years Underwater

Researchers investigating the submerged metropolis of Thônis-Heracleion, in the Egyptian bay of Abū Qīr, have discovered wicker fruit baskets dated to the fourth century B.C.E. Incredibly, the vessels…

This Remarkable Viking Age Find: The Only Intact Wagon Unearthed, Sheds Light on Its Mysterious Purpose.

The exceptionally well-preserved wagon was found in a burial mound in Oseberg near the Oslo Fjord in Norway. The Oseberg cart, the only complete Viking wagon ever found….

The Enchanting Mystery of the Golden Kitchen: Uncovering a Mystical Gold Mine Underneath the Floorboards, Stirs the Curiosity of Historians and Treasure Hunters Alike!

Homeowners in the United Kingdom discovered a treasure trove of gold coins hidden beneath the wooden floorboards of their kitchen during a renovation. This gold vault, estimated to…

Jaw-Dropping Discovery: Massive Impact from Ancient Meteorite Created Earth’s Largest and Most Impressive Crater

Αгoυпd 2.2 Ьіɩɩіoп уeагѕ аɡo, а mаѕѕіⱱe ѕрасe гoсk сoɩɩіded аɡаіпѕt oυг рɩапet, ɩeаⱱіпɡ а mаѕѕіⱱe ѕсаг. Αɩtһoυɡһ tһe іmрасt ѕіte іѕ tһe oɩdeѕt foυпd to dаte, fіпdіпɡ…

Leave a Reply