Marine Reptile Month #24 — Askeptosaurus
Middle Triassic period (247-242 mya)
The askeptosaurids had longer necks and narrower snouts than other thalattosaurs, and appear to have been adapted to hunt fish in deeper water.
Askeptosaurus was very thin and elongated, with a flexible eel-like tail making up around half of its 2m length (6ft 6in). Its relatively large eyes, supported by a bony sclerotic ring much like those of ichthyosaurs, would have allowed it good vision in low light levels.
Color palette used: “Aftermath”