These creatures are amazingly useful even UNtamed. If you kill them, they give you at least 300 oil, each. When tamed, they regen ridiculously quickly at the surface, and are rather good for getting anything aquatic. Nothing beats a Basilo for underwater fights either. Also, you can name them Pickle Rick and Pickle Rick is the best, so, win win.
A great beginner tame, once you have an icthyosaurus, you can swim up to it and passive tame it. I just tamed one, and less than 5 minutes after I tamed a level 4, it’s killed 2 megalodons and 4 mantas. Like so noobs and beach bobs can see.
Good fighter, immune to jellies, supernatural healing boost at the surface, produces oil in its inventory, impervious to squid grabs, looks kinda cute too, only one bad thing about it: it gets squashed in the deep! Only slowly but the damage is there!
From my testing, it seems like one of these generates 20 oil in ~25 minutes, so that’s a rate of 4/5 per minute. You can refine 6 oil into 5 cans of gasoline, so 4/5 oil per minute would equate to 2/3 gasoline per minute. A fabricator burns fuel at a rate of 1 can of gasoline per 15 minutes (1/15 per minute). So basically, with a single basilosaurus of any level, it will produce enough oil to keep 10 fabricators constantly running simultaneously if you constantly collect and refine the oil it produces. Electrical generators burn gas 4 times slower than fabricators do, so a basilosaurus can produce enough oil to simultaneously and constantly power 40 generators. I wish I knew about this before travelling to the iceberg from my base in the south to gather oil : (
Can kill squid like their kin in real life. Tame a 150 and you can take on alphas like they are regular ones. Just up health and memes. They recover steam so quick boosting it is pointless. An all around amazing creature, 10/10.