It’s like seeing the food chain right before your eyes.
Scientists in Egypt have discovered the remains of a whale with another whale inside of it, and believe the two whales were then eaten by a shark.
Which just goes to show that nature is indeed pretty messed up.
There is one theory, however, that the smaller whale was just a fetus contained within its larger, pregnant mom. But the basilosaurus (a genus of early whale that lived about 40 million years ago), had some pretty unusual culinary tastes, and would occasionally dine on its fellow underwater brethren. The fierce, 60-foot predator was reportedly able to crush the skull of any whale that dared come too close, being able to apply up to 3,600 pounds of pressure in each bite!
That’s why you have to wonder what the shark looked like.
The fossils were found at Wadi al-Hitan, a UNESCO World Heritage site also known as “Whale Valley“, which is ironically located in a desert southwest of Cairo. The remains of the two whales were surrounded by shark teeth, although scientists believe the whale was likely eaten after it had already died. Remnants of other sea creatures were also found in the whale, including crab and sawfish. According to a report in the Cairo Post, it’s the only complete skeleton of a basilosaurus in the world.