A week of collecting – Day 4

Day 4: Holkham Beach – Vertebra


I’m out early to avoid the rain forecast later in the day. Walking through the pines I come out onto the beach over the dunes and almost immediately I see a section of thin, spinal bone sticking up through the sand in a stony section of the beach. Although partially hidden, it is a completely different shape to the small, round pebbles surrounding it. It is small (55mm x 55mm), white and spiky. It must be quite old as the edges are worn and rounded by the action of the sea.

I can’t identify it. I think it is too small to be a bone from one of the Common or Grey seals that breed further up the coast at Blakeney Point. I wonder if it could be a section of spine from one of the sheep that used to graze the salt marshes at Wells years ago?


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