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schrodingers_cat Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:52 PM
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Bone collector challenge - what's this?
Found on a remote rocky almost-inaccessible beach on the coast near Mendocino, CA.
My first guesses - some sort of claw bone or tooth. I can't find anything that looks like it on the web - please help :)








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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:01 PM
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1. Wow!!!
Vitter's wife really did do a Lorena Bobbit!!! You found the weenie!!!
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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schrodingers_cat Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:05 PM
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2. Aww Jane, I knew I could count on someone...
The resemblance also did not escape me...... ;-)

all jokes aside, I'm completely curious to know what it is....
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:12 PM
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3. A baculum??
:shrug:
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schrodingers_cat Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:23 PM
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4. Well....
It's certainly no oosik....


(Still holding out for serious responses...anyone?)
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schrodingers_cat Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:31 PM
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7. And while we're waiting, to the lonely sounds of crickets chirping,
for a serious answer, I found a lovely poem on my jaunt through Wikepedia, looking for the meaning of 'Baculum'....
'ODE TO AN OOSIK'

http://www.geocities.com/abaccola/oosik.html

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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:37 PM
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9. it could be a broken baculum
This is a replica of the sea otter's




Odd, but interesting site that has authentic and replica baculum available for sale (suggested uses include coffee stirrer - guess it would work for cock tails too) http://www.skullsunlimited.com/baculums.html#natural-bo...

The Baculum is a unique bone found in the penis of most mammals. This bone aids in copulation when mates have only a short encounter and need to perform quickly. The Baculum is sometimes referred to a hillbilly or mountain man toothpick and can be utilized as a coffee stirrer.
http://www.skullsunlimited.com/baculums.html

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southerncrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:26 PM
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5. Some type of tusk?
:shrug:
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:29 PM
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6. Seriously, it appears to be a tooth of some sort...
my husband has a commercial boat (he does not do this for a living) and when
we pull the shrimp net, we are forever finding wierd items. We even pulled
up a boat motor - which he got running and sold!!
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:33 PM
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8. Walrus tooth maybe?
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:39 PM
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11. The easiest way to find out....
contact either the Wildlife Resources Commission for your area or
the State Marine Fisheries. They will let you know if at all possible.
Near where we fish is a University that specializes in teaching
Marine Biology..if a similar program is offered at a University nearby,
they would probably be able to tell quickly what it is and where
it came from.
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schrodingers_cat Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:37 PM
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10. Yeah, I did a search for seal tooth, and claw bone, and I came up with nothing
Maybe it's a front tooth of a beaver (I can hear the jokes coming already), since so many rivers empty to that area. I'll give it a looksee and see if we even have any beavers left in California. It's got a hell of a root
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:41 PM
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12. Check my above post...this should help.
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schrodingers_cat Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:54 PM
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13. I think it's a canine tooth, broken at both ends, from a bear or wolf....
check out these fake teeth (who would have known that bears and wolves need false teeth!)



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14. Locking
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