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Kaiwhekea is an extinct genus of plesiosaur from the Late Cretaceous of what is now New Zealand.

Cryptoclidid plesiosaurs‭ (‬those typified by Cryptoclidus‭) ‬seem to have become very rare towards the end of the Cretaceous with Kaiwhekea being one of the few known members of this family present this late in the Mesozoic.‭ ‬Like with so many of the late surviving plesiosaurs,‭ ‬Kaiwhekea seems to have survived this long by becoming more specialised in its feeding.‭ ‬This is revealed by the shape of the teeth which are very small when compared to other plesiosaurs,‭ ‬as well as being very numerous,‭ ‬an adaptation that is thought to have helped Kaiwhekea catch small fast moving prey like squid,‭ ‬hence the meaning of its name,‭ ‘‬squid eater‭’‬.

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Jurassic World: The Game

see Kaiwhekea/JW: TG

Kaiwhekea is a legendary aquatic surface that can be created from paleo-DNA in the game Jurassic World: The Game.


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