Vertebrae, Whale

A dark grey fossilized whale vertebrae. It is the centrum from a lumbar vertebra from the lower back of a small to medium sized adult baleen whale. The vertebra has been bored by small pholad shellfish after the whale died. Erosion has resulted in a smooth surface.
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This fossilized vertebrae was found in an eroding cliff. It was used for many years as a door stop before being donated to Taranaki Museum.
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