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Oct 1, 2013 1:11 PM

Vertebrae identification help

Hi guys, looking for some help identifying some vertebrae i found.

I came across them while i was beach combing on the Isle of Mull off the West coast of Scotland.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance.


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    Oct 1, 2013 7:20 PM (in response to martyconvery)
    Re: Vertebrae identification help

    These are caudal vertebrae from a cetacea, a whale tail. Although large dolphin do have vertebrae which can reach this diameter the ones I have seen are shorter making the side view a rectangle; these vertebrae are square in side view. They are not big enough for beaked whale which leaves pilot whale, these commonly strand in the inner and outer hebrides and is my favoured guess.

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