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Carnivores

Ancient-whale

Species
Brygmophyseter
Size
35-59 feet (17 metres) long;50 tons
Defense/weaponry
Deeply rooted teeth
Giant head
Sonar
Turf
Worldwide oceans
Timespan
Miocene-Pliocene 25-5 Ma
Appearances
First appearance: "Deep Sea Killers" (only appearance)

Brygmophyseter is an extinct genus of toothed whale in the sperm whale family.

Brygmophyseter appeared in the episode "Deep Sea Killers", where it fights a Megalodon in the coastal waters of Japan.

DescriptionEdit

The fossilized remains of an ancient whale known as Brygmophyseter were discovered and named in 1992 in Japan by Dr. Lawrence G. Barnes. This ancient whale was estimated to be some 35-40 feet long, which is medium-sized, compared to modern day whales, but was enormous for the time.

Fighting styleEdit

These ancient whales lived and hunted in groups called pods and would help defend each other if they were attacked. The whale had blunt, deeply rooted teeth that were designed to lock and hold on to slippery scale-covered prey. It also had a highly developed sonar system that allowed it to find prey in any type of water; it could also concentrate its sonar into a beam of sound energy that would stun and harm its enemies, or ram its attackers with its giant head.

DietEdit

Like the Megalodon, Brygmophyseter was an apex predator, at the top of the food chain. It probably fed on dolphins, sea lion-type animals and other smaller whales, as well as fish, squid and small sharks.

TriviaEdit

  • The name Brygmophyseter, or "biting sperm whale," refers to the fact that the ancient whale had functional upper and lower teeth, as opposed to modern-day sperm whales, which have only lower teeth.

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