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Whale Vertebrae?


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100% newby here & heard this was the best place to come for help with fossils. I live in Melbourne, FL and was walking the beach (Atlantic Ocean) after Hurricane Sandy and stumbled upon this at the base of the dunes where the water line was. It has no smell, is not brittle and very hard. I actually thought it might have been petrified wood until a local said it was a fossil and that you don't see things like this often & thought it might be a whale vertebrae.

It measures nearly 6 inches from the fin part of it to the front. Side to side it's 3 inches and has a height of 3.5 inches. The fin part of it is a little under 3 inches.

Things I would love to know.

1. What is it?

2. How old is it?

3. Does it have any value to collectors or museums?

Thanks everyone, I also found 2 other bones that look like Turtle Ribs and can post pictures if anyone is interested. I'm going to donate these to the local museum.







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