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New Whale Species Unearthed

A picture of the whale's tooth courtesy of Wired Science

A picture of the whale's tooth courtesy of Wired Science

(KTVI) – A California highway project in Laguna Canyon has unearthed a new species of whale.  Wired science reports that scientists studying the fossils have identified several new species of baleen whales.  The fossils date to 17 to 19 million years ago.

The new species is being called “Willy” for now.  Modern baleen whales are giants but this whale is even bigger. Scientists say the whale may have fed on sharks. Modern killer whales also eat shark.  They have similar patterns of wear in their teeth due to the sharks’ rough skin.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Read more at Wired.com