Wednesday, 13 January 2016

WW: Sea antler


(A friend's kids found this beautiful elk antler on the beach a few weeks ago. As the barnacle scars attest, it spent at least a year on the seabed before being dredged back up in a winter storm. Most interesting is the fact that this magnificent rack was clearly still attached to the animal when it went in; the root is present. Had it been a simple spring shed, that wouldn't be there.

So somehow, the intact carcass of a ten-point bull ended up in the ocean. I'm guessing he came down on one of the rivers, where he probably drowned trying to cross at high water.

Sic transit.)

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