Killer Whale Attacked by Living Mosasaur? (part 2)

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  1. Dominik
    DominikJanuary 13, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Hello Max,
    I’d really love to know which biologists you showed the video to and what they thought about it and their reasons for that.

    1. Max Hawthorne
      Max HawthorneJanuary 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Hi Dominick,

      I’m not putting names out there out of a respect for peoples’ privacy. I was told by a top marine biologist who is in the water regularly with whales, sharks, etc., that his kneejerk reaction was to say another Orca did it but, on the other hand, he’s “never seen wounds like that”. That was via email, and I believe that is a direct quote. To me, the bite doesn’t look like a killer whale bite. At least, not on any of the numerous photos and videos I’ve seen. It seems wider and much longer/more elongate. BTW, as an update, we now know that the attacked animal is a calf, probably around 4 meters in length. If we were dealing with some sort of marine reptile like a mosasaur, that would reduce it in size to somewhere around 10-12 meters with a skull length of perhaps 1.6-1.8 meters. Still larger than any known Orca, and also more in line with most eyewitness accounts/sightings of “crocodiles with flippers”. Hope that helps. Best, Max

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