The Lost Whale Bone of Pytheas

Production Number

3-35 (115)


October 10, 1995


Orange Iguanas


Brittany & Damien

Artifact Location

The Chamber of the Sacred Markers

Pendants of Life


Temple Layout


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The Lost Whale Bone of Pytheas is the 115th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. This episode was the 110th episode to be aired.

Moat Crossing

In this deceptively simple Moat, each team must individually crawl across a wobbly bridge.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Orange Iguanas 0:33
2nd ​Purple Parrots 0:43
3rd ​Red Jaguars 0:51
4th ​Silver Snakes 1:03

Steps of Knowledge

One of the most daring navigators in history was the Ancient Greek explorer Pytheas. Around 300 B.C., with just one small ship, he sailed all the way around the Northern coast of Europe, but it wasn't easy. According to legend, after days in the open ocean without food, a lookout began shouting.

"Look— out there! What's that?!"

"It's an island with a head!"

"It's an island with a tail!"

"It's an island with a head and tail!"

There, off the bow, was the most gigantic fish they'd ever seen -- a whale! But Pytheas was unafraid:

"Looks like dinner to me..."

He baited the anchor and threw it overboard. The whale took the bait, and Pytheas grabbed the rope, but it dragged him into the sea. As the horrified sailors looked on, the angry whale breached and dove, carrying Pytheas with him, but he was soon exhausted, and Pytheas climbed up the rope, and conked the whale on the head. When the ship drew near, Pytheas waved.

"Look boys, fish sticks."

The starving men feasted on the whale and kept one gigantic bone as proof of their story. But it washed overboard during a storm and drifted to The Temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Choices Response
Was Pytheas from...?
  • Macedonia
  • Greece
​Red Jaguars ​(Correct - 2 steps left)
According to legend, was Pytheas a famous...?
  • Astronomer
  • Navigator
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 2 steps left)
On his famous voyage, did Pytheas sail...?
  • Around the Northern coast of Europe
Red Jaguars (Correct - 1 step left)
After weeks at sea, did Pytheas and his men...?
  • Hit an iceberg
  • Run out of food
Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)
When the sailors first saw the whale, did they think it was...?
  • ​An island
Orange Iguanas ​(Correct - 1 step left)
What kind of whale is the largest living animal on Earth?
  • ​Blue whale
​Red Jaguars ​(Correct - Advance to the Temple Games)
Orca is another name for a...?
  • Killer whale
  • Milk whale
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Red Jaguars are Allison, who plays the piano and wants to be a teacher, and Patrick, who likes swimming and wants to be an engineer. The Orange Iguanas are Brittany, who plays softball and dances nine hours a week, and Damien, who likes football and has previously lived in Brooklyn, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin ("this boy's a travelin' fool!", jokes Kirk).

​Fishing on the Ocean (Rotating Levers)

While on the voyage, Pytheas and his men caught fish for food; Damien and Patrick had to prove their fishermen skills. When Kirk gave the signal, each boy would run around, grab a fish, and go to the green net on the pedestal to deposit it; whoever caught all 12 fish, or was further along within 60 seconds would win. Damien won 6-3, giving the Orange Iguanas a half-Pendant.

Barnacle Removal (Oversized Table)

Whales, just like ships, eventually grow barnacles on their underbelly after some time, which is an inconvenience to them; here, Allison and Brittany would help a whale out. When Kirk gave the signal, each girl would crawl out and remove a barnacle, then return to drop it in their crate; whoever got all 8 barnacles, or was further along within 60 seconds would win. After a close competition, both girls tied with 4 barnacles, giving the Red Jaguars a half-Pendant and completing the Orange Iguanas' Pendant.

Drop the Anchor (Trampoline Web)


Sailing a ship without knowing how to drop anchor is no different to driving a car without brakes; here, the teams would get a lesson in dropping anchors. When Kirk gave the signal, one player would run forward and launch him/herself onto the web and drop one of the 6 anchors, proceeding to come back down and allow their partner to drop the next anchor. Whoever dropped all 6 anchors, or was further along within 60 seconds would win; both teams tied with 3 anchors dropped, but the Orange Iguanas would go to the Temple with 2 pendants over the Red Jaguars' 1½ pendants.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Results
Red Jaguars Lost Tied Tied 1½ pendants
Orange Iguanas Won Tied Tied 2 pendants

Temple Run


The team was in great shape up until the frontrunner was taken out in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. The second player, Damien, was ridiculously slow, and even walked through the rooms. Yet, the team managed to be only a single room away from the artifact when time ran out. One thing to notice about this episode is how impatient Kirk is when Damien is running through the temple. He even said at the end You can't slow down too much in the Temple because they (Temple Guards) will get you and you will never get to the object.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Ran out of time
Temple Guard Locations

The Tomb of the Headless Kings

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

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  • This was the last episode where contestants attempted to retrieve an artifact placed in the center of Olmec's Temple.
  • This was the last episode where a team of Orange Iguanas participated in the Temple Run.
  • This was also the only episode where a team of Orange Iguanas attempted to retrieve an artifact placed in the Center of the Temple.
  • The Temple Guard in the Tomb of the Headless Kings did not exit through the Temple Guard door. Instead, he exited through the door that leads to the Pit.