Skulls of Marine Mammals (L to R)
- Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus
- Orca - Orcinus orca
- Dugong - Dugong Dugon
- West Indian Manatee - Trichechus manatus
- Steller’s Sea Cow - Hydromalis gigas
- Dwarf Sperm Whale - Kogia sima
- California Sea Lion - Zalophus californiaus
- Hooker’s Sea Lion- Phocarctos hookeri
- Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata
- Crab Eater Seal - Lobodon carinophagus
So there was a traffic jam on the freeway last week, and as we drove at a crawl I noticed a white skeleton on the side of the freeway. Today I went back and pulled over.
At first I thought it was a kangaroo, nope it’s a Wallaby, which a real shame because they are rare in these parts.
Picked her up and took her home.
Now I just need to find a big thing of Hydrogen Peroxide to give her a clean (which is actually hard to get your hands on in South Australia :(
From the look of the second vertebra and how it’s a little locked and twisted, looks like her neck snapped. Which is all you can hope for with being hit by a car :(
Four front teeth are missing which is a shame. I should have checked the area more thoroughly. The inner nose bits look great though! (can’t find my skull book so forgive my poor vocabulary)
a very fresh juvenile r.azorbill on the beach! still had the tiniest bit of warmth left in the body. gonna salt the wings and feet, and will try the rot bucket method of skull cleaning since maceration isn’t an option for me! glad to work with such a cute b.ird <3
Found some bones hiking through some recovering burnt Camp Fire area near Paradise. Still trying to ID but most likely originated from a deer (saw some when we first arrived). 🦌🦌🦌
The smaller bone pieces are a different animal bc the spine vertebrae were fairly small. They also looked pretty burnt like they may have been there from before the big fire came through. Kinda eerie..
(Glad my bf doesnt mind how “quirky” I am lol)
Here’s a really interesting skull someone showed me today.
Its from Lauren Hull’s Skull Cleaning
It looks really weird, but I think it makes sense.
He was shot by a hunter. Despite his injuries, he was a large healthy animal that was not at all underweight.
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My dad got me an early Halloween present. Im glad I have something to work on but I can’t help but be sad about this little guy. The photos are a bit morbid, I know, and I mean no disrespect, but I couldn’t help but catch this opportunity for a photo.
This image is very powerful in many ways. It really signifies the finality of death and for me, the realization that once you die you leave your body behind and head for your next destination. Whether it’s being reincarnated or ascending to a better place, depending on what you personally believe in. 🦌🌲❤️
Inktober day 28, Invictus.
Coyotes are an animal that seems to defy extermination. Despite being shot, snared, trapped and poisoned their numbers seem to always be strong. Death and coyote are close friends.
Piece is for sale for 50$ shipped.
Inktober day 22. Velvet.
Deer antlers fall off and regrow every year. As they grow they are covered in a soft skin called velvet that gives them a blood supply (antlers are living bone)
When the time comes for the mating season, the bucks shed their velvet dramatically and walk around with tatters of bloody skin attached to their newly sharpened weapons. Deer often eat their velvet as well, at least the parts of it they can reach.
(Original is for sale for 50 shipped)
a fantastic darker morph feral pigeon. he appears to be one of this year’s based on plumage 😞 I saw him on the way to town under a bridge pigeons roost at, with his head up and wings tucked, but this evening I saw his wings had dropped and he had died. I’m still not sure what killed him, but I’ll be preserving his wings, tail, and cleaning his skull!