Carmel Church Day 3

The remnants of Hurricane Fay resulted in a light rain through most of the day. Even so, we were able to remove the remains of the St. Marys whale; the photo above shows all four jackets from this pit (two of the jackets still need a bottom layer).

With the St. Marys whale out of the way, we turned our full attention to the Calvert Formation. By putting up a tarp to protect the fossils we were able to work through the rain.

Carter with some detailed backhoe work:

Carter, Brooke, and Alexa digging into the bonebed:

With so much of the overlying sediments removed with the backhoe, we have gotten to the bonebed very rapidly. While we haven’t yet made any jackets in the Calvert, we have uncovered a large number of teeth, and several whale bones:

Almost everything in the center of the photo is bone; the red arrows are pointing to five whale vertebrae, at least three of which seem to belong to the same animal. Several of the other visible bones are ribs, and some of the bones near the upper left may be part of a lower jaw.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is not particularly good, so I’m not sure how much we’ll get completed. We can work under the tarps in a light rain, but not in a heavy rain or a thunderstorm.

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4 Responses to Carmel Church Day 3

  1. Alton Dooley says:

    Lots of rain this morning; I’m not sure we can dig today.

  2. Alton Dooley says:

    As I look at the last photo, I’ve just realized I forgot to label a vertebra; there’s a sixth one just above the right-most arrow.

  3. Decker says:

    Hi All!
    I wish I was there. Digging through educational research and psychology papers isn’t as fun as excavating whales.

  4. Grenda says:

    Oh come on Decker…. ; ) Yes it is more fun, actually I would give anything to be doing research on whales…. Miss you Decker! Take care.

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