Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley, in the Western Desert

Wadi Al-Hitan Open Air Museum (Whales Valley) is a paleontological site, some 150 km southwest of Cairo. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2005 for its hundreds of fossils of some of the earliest forms of whale, the archaeoceti (primitive whalea; now extinct sub-order of whales). The site reveals evidence for the explanation of one of the greatest mysteries of the evolution of whales: the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-based animal. No other place in the world yields the number, concentration and quality of such fossils.

Wadi Al-Hitan Open Air Museum Map

Wadi Al-Hitan Open Air Museum Map

The information and cafe/gift shop of the museum

Visitor center, cafe /restaurant and souvenir shop

Entered the Open Air Museum

Entered the Open Air Museum

I entered the open air museum. As it is considerably wide, it took time for watching all fossils.

I will show some photographs of various fossils. But I am not an paleontologist, so I can not give any explanation.

The fossil of dorudon atrox, ancient whale

The fossil of dorudon atrox, ancient whale

Figure of imagination of the Dorudon atrox, ancient whale

Figure of imagination of the Dorudon atrox, ancient whale

Explanation board of whale valley

Explanation board of whale valley

The skeleton of the ancient whale Basilosaurus

The skeleton of the ancient whale Basilosaurus (Lumbar and tail vertebrae of the whale)

Figure of imagination of Basilosaurs

Figure of imagination of Basilosaurs

Fosillzed Whale head

Fosillzed Whale head

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) Open Air Museum

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) Open Air Museum

Beautiful Skeleton of Ancient Whale

Beautiful Skeleton of Ancient Whale

The ancient whale had forefeet and a hind legs like this.

The ancient whale had forefeet and a hind legs like this.

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) Open Air Museum

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) Open Air Museum

Fossilized Crocodile

Fossilized Crocodile

Fossil of the mangrove

Fossil of the mangrove

Fossil of Mangrove Roots

Fossil of Mangrove Roots

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) Open Air Museum

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) Open Air Museum

Burrows of wood-digesting teredo (marine bivalve)

Burrows of wood-digesting teredo (marine bivalve)

Fossil of Short-toothed Sawfish

Fossil of Short-toothed Sawfish

Sawfish

Sawfish

This is the sawfish that sometime make a hole on a bottom of ship by his own saw and eat person.

This is a fossil of the baby of the whale.

This is a fossil of the baby of the whale.

The Egyptian guide explained this is a fossil of a baby of whale, but I cannot still understand it well.

Souvenir shop Wadi Al-Hitan

Souvenir shop Wadi Al-Hitan

Our Fleet, All Toyota Land Cruiser

Our Fleet, All Toyota Land Cruiser

 We left Wadi Al-Hitan. The whale Valley was the most pleasant and interesting place in the trip to Egypt.

2 thoughts on “Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley, in the Western Desert

  1. hey, i was traveling in cairo and one day i met the guy who runs this trip business in the dessert. he was born in the dessert. i cant remember his name clearly, something like kendi. he is young and smart, curly hair. he helped me out with something and he drove me to the hotel. i lost the contact he gave me. all i have is the map he gave me, which is exactly same as what you posted above. i wonder if you could give me the contact of this guy who runs this business. thank you very much.

    • Thank you for checking out my blog. I am sorry for the extremely late correspondence. Because I was busy recently.
      As for me, there are a few acquaintances in Egypt, but they are different from the guy whom you mentioned.
      I visited many countries so far and did experience same as you. I got the helps of many people abroad, but could not to thank to the people. So I am going to do the thanks to overseas passengers in Tokyo instead.
      This is the blog owner of weepingredorger.

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