Whales have always been somewhat mysterious as they are seen roaming through the ocean waves occasionally rising for air and to show their deep sea majesty to the world, but a recent mysterious grave discovered in the Chilean Desert unearthed bones far larger than any known creature in recent history. As archaeologists examined the skull structures more carefully, they soon discovered that this massive grave yard of giant bones belonged to whales. So how did they get in the desert?
The Chilean scientists undertook the research alongside others from the Smithsonian Institute, soon revealing to the world that the strange discovery was once upon a time a vast ocean filled with creatures measuring nearly fifty feet from head to tail some 2 million years ago. The whales, living off the coast that was once where the Chilean desert now is congregated and then in massive numbers died in a very compacted area, with many of them no more than a few feet from one another. What would cause whales of this size to congregate so closely to one another and die in one spot? At the moment it is unknown, but there have been cases in the past of animals suddenly picking one spot to use as a graveyard for their entire population.
For instance, Elephants are said to travel vast distances in one spot where they all eventually die. It’s unknown if this is a real phenomenon or simply a legend, although recently it has grown out of use as more than a symbolic term. Elephant Grave yards have been spotted throughout both Africa and Asia, but there has been little evidence to suggest that elephants as a practice generally migrate away from their group and go off to these strange places.
But there are multiple cases in human culture where this happens as well, from the forest surrounding Mount Fuji, Aokigahara to the vast necropolises that became a place where victims of leprosy and the plague went when they were expected to die there have been several examples of dead cities in our modern times as well. And since the Chilean scientists began examining the site, there have been some who have discussed this possibility here as well.
Part of the problem with the mystery is that we still do not understand fully why whales beach themselves in the first place, though there are many theories. The idea that a whale being washed ashore has mankind’s interference stamped on it has grown in popularity with an increased awareness of ecological matters, but even this is often speculative.
But did they die in the same place at the same time of the same cause? Or were there multiple things that ultimately contributed to their fate? It seems the mystery is growing as more whale skeletons are unearthed with time and answers seem exceedingly limited. What will we discover in this strange place where the ocean is nowhere in sight filled with whales?