The fossil of a giant whale with teeth twice as long as those of a Tyrannosauraus Rex has been unveiled by scientists in Peru.
The team from the country’s Natural History Museum found its teeth measured 36 centimetres long – bigger than a grown man’s forearms — and claim it was one of the biggest carnivores to have ever swum the seas.
“This whale was without a doubt, the biggest predator to have lived in the ocean. There were larger whales, but they were not active predators,” says museum palaeontologist Rodolfo Salas.
The Leviathan whale, an ancestor of the sperm whale, was discovered in the south Peruvian desert in 2008, which millions of years ago formed the bed of a shallow sea.
Its discovery has only been announced now as the scientists painstakingly pored over the fossil to work out what species it was.
The giant whale’s remains will go on display in Lima later this year.