A Los Angeles Times reporter describes it as looking like “the love child of an otter and a crocodile.”
The creature in question? The walking whale, able to walk on water and swim in the ocean. The earliest examples, found in Pakistan and India around 48-49 million years ago, are a specialty of Hans Thewissen, Ph.D., Ingalls-Brown Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Northeast Ohio Medical University.
Dr. Thewissen is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article reporting new research about the locomotion of a walking whale discovered in Peru in 2011 by Olivier Lambert, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.