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Found on an Emerald Isle,NC beach. 5/2024. Tongue test feels VERY porous.  Smooth on one side, rough on top and all other sides. The smooth side almost looks like compressed, light tan, course hair. Holes get smaller the closer they get to the smooth side. The holes seem to have smaller holes running between them not like long, even tubes. Because of the wear pattern the holes look bigger in the photos than they are. I think the biggest hole is maybe a centimeter but most are smaller. The thickest cross section is 1/2 inch and tapers donw to 1/4 inch at thinnest edge. It is about 4.5 inches at the longest x 3.5 inches at its widest. Is this bone? Coral? It does have a mild smell.Not a bad or rotten smell, just a little like raw, fresh meat and sea breeze.  Yes, I  know  this part makes me sound like im a crazy person, maybe I am, but I  don't know what descriptors will be helpful so I'm throwing  in everything!

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does look like cetacean bone

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I agree. Very worn cetecean bone chunk. Unidentifiable beyond that.

Possibly modern.  Try holding a flame to it. If it burns, or smells like burning hair, it is likely modern.

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I thought it looked modern too. Does modern bone have that weird, sucking onto the tongue feel when you touch your tongue to it?  No burning, but does smell a little. Not  like burning hair. The best way I can describe it is that it smells like what heated salt would smell like. Thank you for the advice!

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