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Jun 24, 2014 11:33 AM

Orkney beach finds

Can anyone identify this object?  One ?complete was found on a beach in the Orkney Islands last week - with a half on a different beach at the other side of the island.

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    Jun 24, 2014 5:03 PM (in response to Mairi Maguire)
    Re: Orkney beach finds

    This would seem to be part of the vertebrae of a cetacean, which john would know more about as he identified one such as possibly a dolphin at

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      Jul 2, 2014 6:47 PM (in response to rhossilian)
      Re: Orkney beach finds

      Thanks for covering for me whilst I was on Holiday! Yes, this is the disc plate from the vertebra of a cetacean. I have just been taking another look at the publication of Beneden en Gervais from 1880 and taking some measurements of the vertebral discs. Your disc is 77mm, Bottlenose Dolphin are about 57mm, White Beaked Dolphin about 52mm, Pilot whale 107mm and Sowerby's beaked whale around 80mm. Orkney is a frequent place for strandings of both Sowerby's and Cuvier's beaked whales.

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