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.
I use my 170 basilosaurus to kill the alpha mosasaurus (level 50+) mine has 30k health. I bite until half health, rise all the way to the surface and continue until the mosa is dead. Health rises so fast at the surface!
This is the only sea mount you should currently use for adventuring or the underwater caves. High levels easily tear through alphas and other hard to kill creatures like squids or mosas without the fear of dismounting due to squids or eels or jellyfish.
Do not be almarmed by it taking damage in deep water, its very small and takes a long time to kill your whale and can easily be healed by surfacing. The underwater caves have pockets you can surface at to heal. The surface healing can out-heal almost all wild dino damage and a lot of the cave damage. Fight at the surface if you can.
They also generate oil over time. They can only carry 20 oil at a time though so make sure you empty it often. The oil also spoils so use it quickly.
You can also press left trigger at the surface to jump and spray water. Careful not to beach your whale in the process though.
Honestly one of the best mounts. It takes on swarms of megaladon as if they were dodos and it doesn’t get stunned by jellyfish or eel. With it you can also farm oil from others basically making it the best underwater mammal. Also it’s cute, so an added bonus! I’ve named mine Marshmallow and on it the sea isn’t very scary.
Special trait: mantas and ichys will surround the basilosaurus, protecting it. (When you feed the basilosaurus on a non-water creature, like a sarco, the mantas will attack, so be careful). Pro tip: find them on herbivore island, in the bay.