Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fossil?

Little Jo visited and brought with her a 'fossil'. She is quite proud of her fossil found at her local beach. What is it? Is it set sand encasing something? I initially thought it was perhaps an old telecommunications submarine cable. Is the sand casing man made or the result of a natural process? I learnt that sharks at times attack submarine cables, and so that would explain a man made sand casing.

The camera produced some odd and uneven colours. The casing was pretty well the same colour; the dominant colour in the photos.


It seemed to have little node like spikes at the broken end.


My final thought was that it is the burnt branch of a tree and the sand was attracted to the sap when the wood was rolling around on the sea floor. Your opinions would be appreciated.


19 comments:

  1. Hmmmm...I'm intrigued. You need a geologist.

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    1. Hmmm, I though a biologist might have been helpful.

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  2. It does look rather organic in nature. That's all I have to offer... please don't faint.

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    1. Jac, I agree. Maybe it really is a fossil.

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  3. It almost looks like cement around the outside, then the dark line, maybe remnants of what was once a metal pipe, with something inside, or calcification inside from sea creatures and sand?

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    1. Strayer, you are having wild guesses, as I did.

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  4. It looks sort of like an ancient egg roll to my eyes! Always thinking via my stomach.

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    1. Egg roll? Thanks for you contribution Craig.

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  5. Not a clue. Like Craig, it reminds me of food, a sushi roll perhaps.

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    1. Sushi roll, River. Again, thanks for your contribution.

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  6. Hello Andrew,

    Well, definitely a curious find. Little Jo is heading for a great career as an archaeologist, we think, unearthing treasures from the depths.

    But, as for what this is.......goodness knows. It rather reminds us of a Swiss Roll but, possibly, not one for accompanying Afternoon Tea.

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    1. JayLa, a Swiss Roll? Once again, thank you for your contribution.

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  7. Have no idea what it could be. Will be interesting to find out though, so hope you do.

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    1. WA, you are not saying it looks like a rolled up Tasmanian salmon? It would be interesting to know, but I am not sure if I am prepared to put the yards in to find out. Maybe Ad Rad above has geologist friend?

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    2. Nothing like a piece of lovely Tasmanian salmon :) when a young girl i was fortunate to travel on a couple of school holidays few times a week along Ocean Beach with the local Policeman to explore what the sea had washed to shore....that was interesting!

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  8. Hmmmm! A very old stale canola with custard well past it's used by date :)

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    1. Grace, the prize winner for the most inventive and absurd.

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  9. Just a sand concretion that looks like a fossil branch. The real fossil roots are found on a cliff in a marine park before Portland. I have brain freeze and can't think of the name but it was where the men were washed into the sea just recently. You did a post of it. Got it, Cape Bridgewater.

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    1. Jah Teh, you are so not just pretty face and like all my female readers, just brilliant. Sand concretion was all I needed and the information is all there. I did a post about Cape Bridgewater? I forget some of what I wrote about and I certainly have this one. I will have to go back and have a look.

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