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9-Foot Whale Bone Found on Martha's Vineyard Beach

A bone from an endangered whale that washed ashore at Norton Point Beach in 2005 has emerged from the sand nine years later, according to the Trustees of Reservations.

A bone from an endangered whale that washed ashore at Norton Point Beach in 2005 has emerged from the sand, according to the Trustees of Reservations. (Louisa Hufstader photo)
A bone from an endangered whale that washed ashore at Norton Point Beach in 2005 has emerged from the sand, according to the Trustees of Reservations. (Louisa Hufstader photo)
Norton Point's conservation ranger recently discovered what a wildlife expert believes is a bone from an endangered fin whale that washed ashore nine years ago, according to a New Year's Day post on the Trustees of Reservations Martha's Vineyard Facebook page.

The nine-foot-long bone will be turned over to state wildlife officials, as required by law, the Trustees posted:

"If you are walking TTOR beaches this winter and come across what you believe is a whale bone, let us know (508-627-7689). We will investigate your find and make the necessary arrangements to turn over the bone(s) to the proper authorities."

Have you ever found anything amazing on a Martha's Vineyard beach? What was it, and what did you do with it? Tell us in the comments.

Pogelt January 02, 2014 at 05:28 PM
A dedicated & hard working guy, I recall TTOR's Ranger Rick Dwyer was involved in the rescue of multiple swimmers last July, discovered a large fishing boat on the beach a few years ago that took months to haul out and also found live WWII bombs that were safely detonated. Today, it's a whale bone ... next, he deserves to find a pirate's treasure!

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