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Strandline bones

Observed: 20th August 2013 By: Christopher Whi...
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Description:

Bones found on strandline

Identifications

No identification made yet.

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Comments

JackFBedford's picture

Cetacean

The bone on the right looks very much like a cetacean vertebrae to me, but that's as far as I could guess!

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Yes they are cetacean bones -

Yes they are cetacean bones - the one to the left is a scapula or shoulderblade from something middlesized like a dolphin.

Cetacean vertebrae are always quite light in weight and have a very distinctive triangular neural canal where the spinal cord runs.

Ric