A fragment of a whale skull was found on a beach last September by the staff of a resort. It didn’t seem like much of a find at first, but recent tests found that it is actually quite a bit older than was first thought. According to carbon testing, the skull is at least 300 years old and may date as far back as 1630. Luckily, the right people were called in to handle the removal of the skull and it was kept in fairly good shape. Digging a 300 lb. piece of skull out of the sand is no easy task.
Many may think that it’s just a piece of skull and serves little purpose other than acting as a curiosity, but they would be wrong. As it turns out, it could hold some very valuable clues as to how whales lived and developed in a period well before they began to be studied in earnest.