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Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Whale Eater Strikes

This was shared with the Zombie Plesiosaur Society on Facebook.

 I'd say this is independent evidence of and good evidence for the Whale-eater theory I have been promoting the last several years. After a little research I found out the traditional name actually is "Whale Eater" after you translate it, in many locations.

A rescuer examines a female fin whale, which lies alive and stranded on the beach at Carlyon Bay on August 13, 2012 in St Austell, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Getty Photographer Matt Cardy on a stranded fin whale that died off the St Austell coast

Getty photographer Matt Cardy photographed a fin whale that was stranded on a beach off the St Austell coast in England on August 13.
He says it was the first time for him photographing a distressed whale and a first time for most of the rescuers to have dealt with such a large mammal at 20 meters (65 ft). Fin whales are the second largest animal on the planet and an endangered species.
According to Cardy, he was listening to the 7 p.m. BBC headlines in his car when the broadcast reported news of the whale. A quick check of his satellite navigation, revealed that he was less than an hour away, so he headed to the beach – a random chance that he was so close that evening.
Below, he describes the surreal scene.

Rescuers examine a female fin whale, which lies alive and stranded on the beach at Carlyon Bay on August 13, 2012 in St Austell, England. Fin whales are globally an endangered species and the second largest animal on the planet. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

When I arrived, it was bedlam. Cars were parked everywhere and people were making their way to the beach. The whale had been reported only a few hours before and was already attracting a large crowd of onlookers. It had washed up on a private beach (unusual in the UK) and they had closed the car park. Luckily, I showed my press card and talked the security guards into letting me drive rather than walk the 30 minutes down the path to the beach. That was critical as the sun had set and the light was fading fast. As I got onto the beach, hundreds of people were lining a cordon that had been set up to give the animal some space.
The crowd were very somber and quiet. As soon as I arrived, I was told that there was little anybody could do as the animal was too sick to be helped.
I was allowed into the cordon to photograph the whale at a much nearer distance. I used a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 and a 24-105mm lens on 2x 5D Mark II’s, shifting to 3200 ISO at a 60/sec. Eventually, the animal went through what we later realized were its death throes, opening its mouth and swashing its tail. After 15 minutes or so, it settled down, and the rescuers examined it and pronounced it dead.
It was a very sad end to an event that had happened all really quickly.

Edited by Stokely Baksh

Rescuers examine a female fin whale, which has just died as it lies stranded on the beach at Carlyon Bay on August 13, 2012 in St Austell, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Rescuers attempted to save a female fin whale that died after it was stranded on the beach at Carlyon Bay on August 13, 2012 in St Austell, England. Initially, they had hoped to refloat the 65 ft fin whale. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)            


  1. If a large uncatalogued cryptid marine reptile did this I'd guess it to be a mosasaur rather than a pliosaur because pliosaurs were unable to compete with mosasaurs durring the cretaceous and died out before the K-T extinction event, didn't they?

  2. Did they? Lord knows what research and modern findings will unearth. My research rules out a mosasaur, however. Based on gape/skull size, it would have to be a creature over 100' long. Also, the tooth marks indicate very large, penetrating teeth, not the numerous, smaller, gripping teeth a mosasaur had(s). Also, the teeth are relatively few in number, most likely indicating an older specimen - possibly the reason the whale escaped in the first place. Best, Max

    1. I would not rule Mosasaurs out myself, some did have similar tooth rows and there is of course a lot of variability within the category. There is also a lot of variability among the Pliosaurs and both Scott Mardis and I are looking over the various candidate fossil species at this time The reports on record also definitely specify something that grows over a hundred feet long, with a head somewhere in the range of ten to fifteen feet long, minimum. That part is in good agreement at least.


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