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(How's This For Strange?) Mysterious Mass Whale Graveyard Unearthed in the Chilean Desert
Mother Nature Network ^ | November 22, 2012 | Bryan Nelson

Posted on 12/11/2012 7:22:44 AM PST by lbryce

While working on a highway-widening project in the middle of South America's Atacama Desert, Chilean workers unearthed an eerie scene that had no business being more than a kilometer away from the ocean: a mass fossil graveyard containing more than 75 ancient whales, reports MSNBC.

Finding whale bones in the middle of the desert is strange enough, but scientists were quick to notice a deeper mystery. The fossils ended up right next to one another — some mere meters apart — as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy. What could have happened?

"That's the top question," said Mario Suarez, director of the Paleontological Museum in the nearby town of Caldera.

According to Nicholas Pyenson, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the whales probably died between 2 million and 7 million years ago, during a time when the area would have been a "lagoon-like environment," much different than the desert landscape it is today. The real mystery, then, has less to do with how the whales got there, and more to do with why they died.

Could they have beached themselves after becoming disoriented in the shallows? Perhaps the lagoon had become separated from the sea by a landslide, earthquake or storm, trapping the whales within? Maybe there was something else about this lagoon that made it a whale trap. Right now, scientists aren't sure.

"There are many ways that whales could die, and we're still testing all those different hypotheses," said Pyenson. But, he added: "I think they died more or less at the same time."

Of the 75 whales that have been discovered so far, 20 of them represent perfectly intact skeletons, making the site one of the best preserved fossil beds from that time period along the west coast of South America. Most of the fossils are baleen whales that measure about 25 feet long, and one startling fossilized scene depicts two adult whales with a juvenile between them, a possible family group.

Researchers have also discovered fossils of other unusual creatures at the site, including a now-extinct dolphin that had two walrus-like tusks, an extinct aquatic sloth and an ancient seabird with a 17-foot wingspan. All in all, the site represents a remarkable snapshot of the ecosystem millions of years ago.

Although officials have asked that fossils that rest along the path of the widened Pan American Highway be moved out of the way, the Chilean government has declared the site a protected area.

"We have a unique opportunity to develop a great scientific project and make a great contribution to science," said Suarez. \


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; chile; eltaninimpact; evolidiocy; genesisjudgement; godsgravesglyphs; marinebiology; mystery; smithsonian; tsunami; whalegraveyard; whales
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The whales may have gotten involved with a sinister evolutionary group from the whale genus Cosa Nostra doing questionable things. So payback meant the whales didn't end up sleeping with the fishes.
1 posted on 12/11/2012 7:22:56 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

“as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy”, Like a Worldwide FLOOD!


2 posted on 12/11/2012 7:25:39 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: lbryce

The great white whale prophecy.

A leader will emerge riding a great white whale and save America, but he’ll be brought down by Earth worshipers (environmentalist) before he can complete his mission.


3 posted on 12/11/2012 7:27:35 AM PST by Brookhaven (theconservativehand.com - alt2p.com)
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To: lbryce

Globull warming caused by CFCs and automobiles.


4 posted on 12/11/2012 7:27:42 AM PST by tiki
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To: US Navy Vet

Yes, this finding is consistent with the biblical account of a global flood.


5 posted on 12/11/2012 7:28:27 AM PST by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: lbryce

“as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy. What could have happened?”

I don’t know. Maybe a really big flood?


6 posted on 12/11/2012 7:28:43 AM PST by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: US Navy Vet

““as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy”, Like a Worldwide FLOOD!”

There seems to be a small, logical hole in your premise.


7 posted on 12/11/2012 7:29:37 AM PST by Brookhaven (theconservativehand.com - alt2p.com)
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To: lbryce
Did they find Teddy there?
8 posted on 12/11/2012 7:30:57 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: lbryce

a dolphin with tusks? that would be a strange sight.


9 posted on 12/11/2012 7:31:20 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: Brookhaven

Did all the fish die in the flood?


10 posted on 12/11/2012 7:31:36 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: lbryce

Since they keep telling us how smart the whales and dolphins are, maybe the whales really have cemeteries and hold funeral ceremonies. What surprises me is there are no grave markers there. Maybe “they” are covering it up.


11 posted on 12/11/2012 7:31:55 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: lbryce

Wasn’t there a Farside cartoonw here the fish mafia were tying balloons to another fish and sending him to sleep with the humans?
Note, if anyone finds it, don’t post it.
It’s on the list of do not post things.


12 posted on 12/11/2012 7:32:13 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: US Navy Vet

You are suggesting what? That 40 days of rain would kill whales who live in the ocean?


13 posted on 12/11/2012 7:32:22 AM PST by plain talk
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To: Theo

Whales live in the ocean. They would not have been killed by a food.

When the waters receded, the whales—which were floating in the water—would have receded along with the water.


14 posted on 12/11/2012 7:32:49 AM PST by Brookhaven (theconservativehand.com - alt2p.com)
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To: KeyLargo

Not this hunk of man candy.


15 posted on 12/11/2012 7:33:17 AM PST by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: lbryce
Was there a Civil War "Ironclad" nearby with a Hollywood actor looking for gold coins? Or was that in the SAHARA?
16 posted on 12/11/2012 7:34:45 AM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: lbryce

Before man killed off the mammoths, they killed off the whales...


17 posted on 12/11/2012 7:35:19 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: Darksheare
"Note, if anyone finds it, don’t post it. It’s on the list of do not post things."

Ok, then I'll post this one....

18 posted on 12/11/2012 7:37:54 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: lbryce

Obviously a whale factory that went out of business. Geeeeez....


19 posted on 12/11/2012 7:38:03 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: lbryce

Sea Shepherds did it.


20 posted on 12/11/2012 7:39:10 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: US Navy Vet

so whales engaged in mass strandings back then, too. reckon that means that the mass strandings we see nowadays might not have that much to do with human activity....


21 posted on 12/11/2012 7:39:31 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: lbryce; mikrofon; martin_fierro
What could have happened?


22 posted on 12/11/2012 7:40:48 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (The Prince of Whales)
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To: US Navy Vet
Like a Worldwide FLOOD

NO! Couldn't be!

Don't worry, some anti-creationist will come up with some "rescuing device" like the "Oort cloud" to explain how this could happen without validating a biblical historical account.

23 posted on 12/11/2012 7:41:29 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: lbryce

Right...they neatly lined themselves up and committed mass suicide. I think these scientists are nuts!! No common sense.....just a lot of blubber.


24 posted on 12/11/2012 7:41:31 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: lbryce

The whales got caught up in some religious cult led by a crazy unicorn and committed mass suicide.


25 posted on 12/11/2012 7:41:59 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Brookhaven
Whales live in the ocean. They would not have been killed by a food.

Bacon. Bacon can clog your arteries.

And if the whales are diabetic, sugars and starches. Whale diabetes is no joke.

26 posted on 12/11/2012 7:42:23 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yes. We all know that whales can’t swim.


27 posted on 12/11/2012 7:43:14 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Lazamataz

Is there anything that enhances the flavor of food quite like bacon and ranch dressing?


28 posted on 12/11/2012 7:43:34 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Brookhaven

If the whales were trapped in a inland lagoon, the water would have dried up and left them stranded,......just as the Ark was stranded on a mountain. There IS evidence everywhere of a worldwide flood. There is more evidence of a flood than there is whales growing legs to become modern day cows.


29 posted on 12/11/2012 7:44:28 AM PST by chuckles
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To: Brookhaven

The water recedes in the creek that flows throw our valley ever summer. Every summer, the birds feed on the fish that died because they did not go back to the lake.


30 posted on 12/11/2012 7:45:16 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: KeyLargo

That one will work!


31 posted on 12/11/2012 7:45:25 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: lbryce
re: “Of the 75 whales that have been discovered so far, 20 of them represent perfectly intact skeletons, making the site one of the best preserved fossil beds from that time period along the west coast of South America. Most of the fossils are baleen whales that measure about 25 feet long, and one startling fossilized scene depicts two adult whales with a juvenile between them, a possible family group.”

On articles like this one, wouldn’t you think the journalist would include at least one photo of the skeletons, especially since 20 of them are intact?

32 posted on 12/11/2012 7:45:25 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: lbryce

How many places like this are there? This is the third one I have heard of.


33 posted on 12/11/2012 7:45:46 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: lbryce
The fossils ended up right next to one another — some mere meters apart — as if to suggest that the whales all died at once.

I smell Marshall Applewhite and the Hale-Bopp comet in here somewhere.

34 posted on 12/11/2012 7:48:36 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Brookhaven

Easily overcome. Certainly, the world being completely covered by water would cause chaos. The water may not have been able to sustain much life for whatever reason. The whales may have been trapped after the water settled in the oceans, the whales my have been trapped. Look a the geological history of most regions and you’ll find that it was all covered by “an expansive inland sea.” Lake Lahontan, which covered most of Nevada, would certainly have trapped large amounts of marine life. It’s probably the whales got there when the earth was flooded 4,400 years ago. It’s also possible people carried the whales or bones to the desert.


35 posted on 12/11/2012 7:48:42 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Brookhaven

Never seen fish stranded in pools when a river/tide/flood subsides? I have, not an infrequent occurance. Think fish getting trapped in a pool as the water recedes on a BIG, whale-scale.

Like this: There is a valley, it gets flooded and the flood also covers the mountain range that seperates the valley from the ocean (Great Central Valley of Calif). As the flood waters subside, the whales are still frolicking in this new place they’ve never seen before, and don’t notice that the tops of the mountains are above the water, cutting off their route to the oceean. Time paases, water keeps dropping and the whales all colllect in the deepest part...which eventually becomes their graveyard.

Plausible


36 posted on 12/11/2012 7:48:55 AM PST by GilesB
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To: US Navy Vet; stylecouncilor; windcliff

Twixt 2 to 7 million years ago, there would have been few to zero human beings around to in any way interpret such a thing. More likely the Great Flood stories are tied to the opening of the Black Sea some 7,000 to 8,000 years ago.

What is geologically interesting is that this Chilean event demonstrates a remarkable rate of uplift along the Andes cordillera.

Praise God....


37 posted on 12/11/2012 7:49:19 AM PST by onedoug
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To: chuckles

Wait... there are some opposing views on the “cows/whales” evolution.

Did the cows go back in the water and become whales,
or did the whales venture up on the land and grow legs?


38 posted on 12/11/2012 7:49:19 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Chicken wing sauce.


39 posted on 12/11/2012 7:49:19 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Brookhaven; US Navy Vet; Theo; logitech; ilovesarah2012; plain talk; MrB; Hardraade; chuckles; ...

The receding of the waters after the Flood could indeed explain this. If the waters had gone over a ridge, and the whales are doing OK in a deep enough pool, but then the waters recede and the ridge traps them in a now diminishing pool—yes, that would fit the case perfectly. I’m not saying that IS the explanation, but it is a realistic possibility. It could have been THE Flood, or perhaps another flood of sufficient size. An analogy would be when the tide comes in and then things are trapped in the tidal pools when the tide goes out.


40 posted on 12/11/2012 7:54:33 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (The Prince of Whales)
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To: Brookhaven

“Whales live in the ocean. They would not have been killed by a food. When the waters receded, the whales—which were floating in the water—would have receded along with the water.”

The area they were in might have been deep enough but their escape routes might have become too shallow when the waters retreated. It’s like how some sea life gets caught in little pools in the rocks when the tide goes out, only on a larger scale.


41 posted on 12/11/2012 7:54:44 AM PST by Hayride
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To: Brookhaven

All the water being suddenly put on the earth would have caused all kinds of problems. Some parts of the crust would have sunk and some parts would have risen. This would have happened very quickly and all over the place. The whales got stuck.


42 posted on 12/11/2012 7:57:28 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Lazamataz

How about bacon ranch whale wings?


43 posted on 12/11/2012 7:58:11 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: txnativegop

Dolphin with Tusks?

Flipper the Ripper


44 posted on 12/11/2012 7:58:50 AM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: lbryce

PETA has demanded that the highway project be canceled and a Whale Memorial be erected with the surrounding12 million square miles be set aside for the study of the whale’s culture.


45 posted on 12/11/2012 7:59:05 AM PST by moovova
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

LOL!


46 posted on 12/11/2012 8:00:07 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: MrB
Don't worry, some anti-creationist will come up with some "rescuing device" like the "Oort cloud" to explain how this could happen without validating a biblical historical account.

Yeah, the only possible explanation is a global flood.

Only a global flood would line up dead whales neatly in a row.

All other explanations are satanic.

Spoken like a "actual" scientist.

47 posted on 12/11/2012 8:03:07 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: MrB

With just that hint of chocolate.


48 posted on 12/11/2012 8:03:35 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: logitech

Makes sense...whales not being able to survive a flood.


49 posted on 12/11/2012 8:03:58 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: lbryce

If only Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds existed between 2 and 7 million years ago.


50 posted on 12/11/2012 8:05:43 AM PST by rightsmart
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