68.4 F
Monday, December 6, 2021

More remains of the world’s largest shark found in the depths of a cenote in Yucatán

Latest headlines

After kicking off the ‘Mayan ball game’ World Cup in Mérida, Belize takes the trophy

Mérida has kicked off an international Pok ta Pok tournament, also known as the "Mayan ball game" World Cup. 

We got a robot artist to paint Yucatán, here are the results

One could be forgiven for brushing off AI art as a fad, but sometimes these technologies deliver some very interesting results.

Festivities celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe to be scaled back once again

For the second year in a row, Yucatan's Catholic archdiocese is urging its faithful to not assist to large events commemorating the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 12. 

New York artist finds an unlikely muse in rural Yucatán

Lohin's artistic subject matter ranges from portraits to landscapes and renderings of her favorite model — a donkey named Camila.
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
A Megalodon’s tooth dwarfs the size of the modern oceans’ most fierce predator, the great white shark. Photo: Courtesy

Divers discovered another tooth from one of the world’s largest predators in an undisclosed cenote in Yucatán.

The announcement of this most recent discovery was made during a presentation by Fundación Bepensa regarding their efforts to rid Yucatán’s cenotes of garbage.

The megalodon, or “big tooth” is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 2.3 to 3.6 million years ago from the early Miocene to the Pliocene periods.

Measuring in at up to 20 meters or 67 feet, this massive fish is thought to be one of the most fierce predators the world has ever seen. It was three times longer than the largest recorded great white shark.

How exactly the remains of this enormous animal found their way into a cenote is unknown. One thing is for sure, the dimensions of such geological formations would be rather cramped for an animal of such a size. 

Artist rendering of a Megalodon and a contemporary great white shark side by side. Photo: Getty Images

The divers who were part of a project to clean up the state’s cenotes of solid waste also reported the discovery of cave paintings and pre-columbian ceramics at a number of Cenotes across the state. 

Earlier: Sinkhole appears in Mérida home’s backyard, but family is staying put

This is not the first time the remains of ancient animals have been discovered in Yucatán’s cenotes and caves. As a recent example, in 2019 the underwater photographer Kay Nicte Vilchis Zapata found the first of several ancient shark teeth fossils at Cenote Xoc, in Cholul.

According to official estimates, the state of Yucatán is home to over 8,000 cenotes, but roughly a third of them remain untouched. It is quite likely that these virgin cenotes contain both archaeological and paleontological evidence just waiting to be discovered

The sacking of archaeological and paleontological remains from cenotes and other bodies of water has become a serious issue, especially in sparsely populated southern Yucatán.

Given the large number of cenotes in Yucatán and a lack of resources to adequately explore and protect them all, researchers will often not publish their findings out of fear that they will tip off looters.

- Advertisement -

Subscriptions make great gifts

More articles

International TlaquepArte handicrafts show returns to Mérida

Expo TlaquepArte returns to Mérida on Friday. Photo: Courtesy With the 200 exhibitors from 16 countries, the 113th...

A big win for Yucatán, the newest member of the World Tourism Organization

A campaign to further boost the state’s economy has paid off. Yucatán has been granted membership in the elite World Tourism Organization.

New petition seeks intangible cultural heritage status for Mayan language

“The importance of the language can be observed from the perspective of its psycho-emotional value or potential", says Cocom Bolio. “Language also creates a sense of identity and belonging; and, at the same time, a tradition or way of life.”

Yucatán’s congress declares high-speed Internet access a human right

Yucatán’s congress has passed a bill making Internet access a human right. 

Wonders of the land: Organic food production in Yucatán

Organic food production is a somewhat newer trend in agricultural ventures, as it promotes a friendlier environmental process, and is overall said to be healthier for consumers. 

US ambassador joins governors of Mexico’s southeast for bilateral summit in Mérida

The US ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, joined the governors of Mexico's southeastern states for an official bilateral summit in Mérida.

Villa Navidad to benefit a trio of charities for the holidays

Villa Navidad is a weekend-long holiday event Dec. 4-5 to collect donations for three local charities.

2 Cuban migrants die in shipwreck off Yucatán coast

Unofficial reports claim that Mexican authorities helped 19 people to disembark the badly damaged ship.

Angels: What makes Adele Aguirre’s new art exhibit at SoHo Galleries so moving

Adele Aguirre's "Angels" exhibit at SoHo Galleries responds to a personal crisis, but will be cathartic to everyone suffering loss. ...

Frustrated animal rights activists blockade Mérida shelter

The protestors set up camp outside of the facility and took to laying on mats and pieces of cardboard to demonstrate their commitment to settling the issue without violence.