An almost perfectly preserved whale skeleton thought to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old has been discovered in Thailand. The bones were found in early November some 12 kilometers off the coast just to the west of Bangkok.
Experts hope the find of the 12-meter long skeleton might provide “a window into the past,” especially for research on sea levels and biodiversity.
The partially fossilized bones are “a rare find,” mammal researcher Marcus Chua of the National University of Singapore said.
Chua added, “There are few whale subfossils in Asia,” and even fewer ones are “in such good condition.”
Pictures shared by Thailand’s environment minister show the bones apparently almost entirely intact, and over 80% of the skeleton has so far been recovered, including vertebrae, ribs, fins and one shoulder blade. The skeleton’s head alone is estimated to be about three meters in length.
The bones are yet to be carbon-dated to determine their exact age.