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Need a Fossil ID North Carolina Outer Banks

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stiens57

Found this on Ophelia Banks after Hurricane Matthew. Is this some type of whale bone?  Measures 12 1/2 inches in circumference.

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sixgill pete

I do believe it is bone of some type. I could not say it is whale for sure. 

 

A note: Ophelia inlet was opened during Hurricane Ophelia in 2005. The islands are all part of Cape Lookout National Seashore. a.k.a. Core Banks. When you say Ophelia Banks I presume you are talking about the new Island (from 2005) to the north of Ophelia Inlet. 

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stiens57

Yes, I am speaking of the island that is beside Ophelia Inlet.  Before Hurricane Matthew it was connected/accessible from Portsmouth at low tide.  It is now completely cutoff from Portsmouth Island as there is an inlet there.

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caldigger

Given its size whale would be a good bet. However, it is very water worn and the marrow channel is eroded away. You might have a difficult time getting more than a vague ID.

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