Eat your heart out Captain Ahab

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  1. Tyrannosaur

    Tyrannosaur 100% Sarcastic Saurian

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    Hm... Leviathan. I feel that is an appropriate name for this sea beast...
    Scientists discover remains of 17-meter-long sea monster

    The full name is really Leviathan melvillei.
    Imagine something like that swimming the oceans today. And I thought Basilosaurus was an incredibly badass whale.
     
  2. prime13

    prime13 UCHUU KITAAAA

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    Now they just need to find Nessie.:D 
     
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    Wait a minute. If it is 17 meters long, then it isn't all that big in context (at least not in terms of its name). As the article says, this is about as big as a sperm whale (some can actually be bigger than that), which means that the blue whale dwarfs it. Also, last I checked, sperm whales were predators, so the line "imagine something as large as a sperm whale with the instincts of a predator" is pretty easy- just imagine a sperm whale :lol .

    It's still pretty cool, and it is big, but as Qui-Gon said, "There's always a bigger fish".
     
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    The thing is though is that this creature is alot more hostile like a shark than a Sperm Whale. Sperm Whales go after giant squid and there's never been reports of them attacking other large aquatic life like humpback whales or blue whales. 17 meters is a bit over 56 feet or so, so it's a pretty big animal. Alot of the ancient predatory whales grew between 50-70 feet or so. Still, the name Leviathan fits it perfectly. :D  that is such a bad ass name.
     
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    pretty cool
     
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    This is another reason I'll never go in the ocean by my self.
     
  7. Coeloptera

    Coeloptera Big, bad beetle-bot

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    I need more info before I judge anything. As has been pointed out, the article was crud.

    55 feet is impressive, but hardly world-shaking. C. megalodon was actually bigger than that, for example.

    - Coeloptera
     
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    Megalodon ranged in size from 45-65 feet in length, not really that much bigger. There's no reason to think that Leviathan could grow bigger, same goes for Megalodon too I guess.

    Did you follow the link to the BBC article? It goes a bit more in-depth.
    BBC News - 'Sea monster' whale fossil unearthed

    Neither of them can compete with Predator X though :ev: 
     
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    Misleading article picture is misleading.
     
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    Could be just a newborn whale it's eating, or some small pygmy species that is extinct that I am unaware of. But yeah lol it is misleading at first.
     
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    ArmadaJetfire <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and

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    I see a SyFy movie in the works now!
     
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    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    Good Lord, that's a lousy illustration. A 17m 'Leviathan' is eating a blue whale?! You have got to be having a larf.
     
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    Hiraga BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL

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    Fucking sea monsters. All I care about is the awesome illustration.
     
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    You're right that it's a badass name, but you're wrong in saying it fits this whale at all. It's not even the biggest predator in the water, nor is it even the biggest Predator whale. It's just a big whale, nothing all that special about it outside of being a newly discovered species.

    But a Leviathan it most certainly is not.
     
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    damn it, i want my sea dragon! :p 
     
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    "Objects in mirror are bigger than they appear"

    Still pretty cool, though.
     
  18. Deceptikitty

    Deceptikitty all about the hasubandos

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    They thought one of its teeth was an elephant tusk, I think it deserves the title. I'd also think people who deal with this stuff professionally would have a proper justification to call it that :lol 
     

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