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Discovery of Whale Skull Fossil in Lake Waccamaw
Sunday, September 16, 2012  12:32:00 PM

by Michael Hollingsworth

It was discovered four years ago, a few hundred yards from our boat house and dock, embedded in the limestone at the bottom of lake Waccamaw. The find, what eventually was ascertained to be a whale skull of a Balaenula more or less 20-feet long, was made by local citizens.

 The skull underwent much scientific study at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh. Afterwards the whale skull was returned to Lake Waccamaw and is now on exhibit in The Lake Waccamaw State Park visitor’s center.

This is where things got even more intriguing for me.  I did not know the exhibit existed and was awestruck when I walked in and discovered it on display.  Scientists believe that the fossil is somewhere between 2.5 and 3.5 million years old and that it may turn out to be that of an altogether new species.

Stop by the park to see the only specimen of Balaenula on exhibit in North America.  You will not regret it. 


Want to read more interesting details?  Click here for an interesting article in the Whiteville-news.The skull of a prehistoric whale found by Cathy Neilson in May 2008 in shallow waters along the north shore of Lake Waccamaw is expected to generate considerable interest throughout the scientific world.

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