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Scientists Find the Gatekeeper of Hell

July 2, 2010 2 comments

Imagine a sea monster over 50 feet long with razor sharp teeth almost 3 FEET LONG! No, it is not a scene out of Moby Dick, but an actual fossilized skeleton which has just been discovered by scientists.

The Leviathan melvilli was named after the Leviathan, biblically known as a giant sea monster which was the ‘Gatekeeper of Hell’. He has also made many appearances in the awesome Final Fantasy series.

It was also named after one Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick.

Aside: Roughly half of Moby Dick was good, the parts about the whale and Captain Ahab and Queequeg etc. However, the other half just described the technicalities of whaling and how whale ships works and so forth. BORING! If you haven’t read it yet, skip those chapters, and you won’t miss a thing.

Back to reality…the Leviathan Melvilli apparently dined on other whales back in its day (roughly 12 million years ago).

This find is not only cool because giant whale-eating whales are awesome, but because scientists have been finding the teeth of this creature for quite awhile. The teeth hinted at the existence of a massive whale, but the complete jaw skeleton has not actually been found until now.

Now while I am more or less sure that this is not the fossilized remains of Hell’s gatekeeper, I don’t think it matters too much as the devil still has his 3-headed dog, Cerberus (who, interestingly, also makes an appearance in Final Fantasy).