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Diving with Megalenhydris
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Published: March 11, 2019
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Megalenhydris fue una nutria gigante que habitó las costas de Cerdeña durante el Pleistoceno. Aunque su esqueleto no está completo, es suficiente para deducir dos cosas; que era mucho mayor que cualquier nutria moderna, y que aparentemente estaba muy adaptada a un estilo de vida acuático, ya que su cola (de la que solo se conoce una parte) estaba aplanada dorsoventralmente, y su columna vertebral parece haber sido inusualmente flexible. Megalenhydris parece haber sido lo más cerca que las nutrias llegaron a convertirse en verdaderos monstruos marinos. Posiblemente se alimentaba de peces grandes y moluscos. 

Megalenhydris was a gigantic otter that lived off the coasts of Sardinia during the Pleistocene. Although its skeleton is not complete, it is enough to deduce two things; it was much bigger than any modern otter, and it was apparently very well adapted to an aquatic lifestyle. Its tail (of which only part is known) seems to have been dorsoventrally flattened, and its backbone was very flexible. Megalenhydris seems to be the closest otters ever got to becoming true sea monsters. It probably fed on large fish and mollusks. 
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FlinxeroneStudent Traditional Artist
Very impressive.  +1
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TheGamingKaiju2003Student Digital Artist
A real life Dobhar-Chu!
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RattlerJonesStudent Filmographer
now that's a big otter
IamNoOneSpecial1's avatar
Holy crap, an underwater panther!
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 I am, however, deeply amused that poor Dunk the Diver risked his leg to get a shot and yet you STILL didn't use his photograph!;) (Wink)  
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 By the look of things it's not above taking a bite at poor old Dunk the Diver either! (who must have nerves of steel AND more lives than a cat to survive this particular day job).:D (Big Grin) 

 Please allow me to compliment you on this evocation of an intriguingly unique species; I've long been intrigued by the "Walking Whales" and it's fascinating to see how close one of the otters came to following that path back to the sea.:) (Smile) 
pazarinho's avatar
¿dónde leo más sobre ese animal?
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HodariNundu General Artist
Googléalo. No es que haya mucho sobre él por desgracia. :/
ucumari's avatar
que pesadilla, de hecho si era agresiva, el nada en el oceano habria sido muy peligroso
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Ulfsark-the-ElderHobbyist Traditional Artist
Es excelente! muy interesante el camino evolutivo de esta criatura, una pena que tantos animales asombrosos se hayan extinto a fines del Pleistoceno.
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HodariNundu General Artist
Si, dan nostalgia aquellos tiempos tan ricos en especies...
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DeinonychusEmpireHobbyist General Artist
Loving your "Diving With" series.
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HUBLERDONHobbyist General Artist
A real-life Ahuizotl...
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HodariNundu General Artist
Or a Dobhar-Chú
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HUBLERDONHobbyist General Artist
That as well.
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TarturusHobbyist Digital Artist
Fascinating creature. Looks like it would make even the giant otters of the Amazon look small in comparison.
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HodariNundu General Artist
Yes, apparently it was far larger! 
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TheDinoDrawer66Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is quite bizarre. Megalenhydris kinda look like it would evolve into something like a mosasaur or metriorhynchoid in the far future.
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HodariNundu General Artist
Maybe something akin to that water panther thing from Star Wars Episode I haha
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TheDinoDrawer66Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mean the Sando Aqua Monster? (I had to search for about 2 minutes to find the creature you were talking about.) And yeah they do look similar.
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HodariNundu General Artist
Yeah, that's the one!
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TheDinoDrawer66Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed.
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So cool, and very unusual to get know of a prehistoric otter. The water-living old mammals that get most of the attention tend to be early cetaceans like Ambulocetus or Basilosaurus, so this is a really nice touch of variety. One nice thing to do would be an Odobenocetops. 
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