Friday, 21 July 2017

Mystery bones and pond dipping delights

A busy morning this Friday, with a family bringing some bones to identify from Laggan Point, and having a look at some of the beasties caught during yesterday's pond dipping.

Water-boatmen found in the pond at Bruichladdich. 
Water fleas (daphnia) also found when pond dipping. Can you see the tiny dots? That's them!
Two sections of  the lower jaw of a seal found at Laggan Point.

The bone above the jaw bones in the picture was also found here, and appears to have the structure of the last vertebrae (sacrum) of a small cetacean, such as a bottle nose dolphin or porpoise which are often seen around Islay. Any other suggestions as to what this could be are very welcome!

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