Just before I left for SVP, I found the last two jackets from the Carmel Church whale and moved them into the lab so Ward could work on them while I was gone. The larger of the two jackets (above) is from fairly far back in the skeleton, near the end of the ribcage. It includes parts of at least 6 ribs, and two vertebrae. The smaller of the two jackets (below) came from just behind the skull.
My field notes indicated that there were ribs and vertebrae in this jacket, but it had some surprises. The vertebra indicated by the arrow is the second cervical (neck) vertebra, called the axis. Since we prepared the other jackets I had been wondering where the axis was, since I didn’t identify it in the field.
The other vertebra in this jacket is also a surprise to me, because it is also a cervical vertebra. I thought the only one we were missing was the axis, but this extra vertebra is either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th cervical (most likely the 3rd).
There is also a lot of sea turtle material in these jackets (that’s mentioned in my field notes as well). For example, the flat rectangular bone under the rib at the bottom of the second photo is part of a turtle shell.
These are both fairly small jackets, and they should go pretty quickly.