Panorama of the Week: Valley of the Whales – Fayoum, Egypt

Whales with legs? In the desert?

That’s what you’ll find in the Valley of the Whales (Wadi El-Hitan) in Fayoum, Egypt. More accurately, you’ll find the over 35 million year-old fossilized remains of whales with short legs, appendages marking their evolution from land mammals to sea mammals.

It’s hard to imagine today, but the entire area you see in the panorama below was submerged, covered by the Tethys sea.

Makes you realize that our own human history is only a spec in the vastness of existence.

Panorama: Wadi El-Hitan (Valley of the Whales) – Fayoum, Egypt

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Disclosure: Our trip to Egypt and the UNWTO conference is being provided by Egyptian Tourism Authority. As always, the opinions expressed here are entirely our own.

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  1. says

    @Andi: Thank you!

    @Ava: It is fascinating to see millions of years of evolution of the whales from medium-sized legs to mini-legs to no legs at all. Makes your imagination run wild!

    @Sutapa: Exactly! The perfect environment to preserve the fossilized whale bones.

  2. says

    Wait wait…whales with legs? This has been photo documented? I’m not seeing it in the panorama. PS: what platform are you using for the panorama…it’s crazy smoothe!

  3. says

    @Jonas: You’re correct in that there are no photos of the fossils and skeletons that show the whales with ever shrinking legs in this panorama. You’ll have to take a look at some of the scientific sites to really see this in full.

    As for this panorama, we use software – Autopano Giga to stitch the images into a flat panorama and then Panotour Pro to make this flash panoramic “tour.”

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