Huge bone found on West Runton beach thought to be from sperm whale’s spinal column

The bone, believed to be the vertebra of a sperm whale, found on West Runton beach. Picture: LOUISE

The bone, believed to be the vertebra of a sperm whale, found on West Runton beach. Picture: LOUISE O'SHEA. - Credit: Archant

An enormous bone, thought to be a vertebra from a sperm whale, has been washed up on a north Norfolk beach.

The bone, measuring more than one foot across, is set to join West Runton Beach Café owner Louise O'Shea's fossil collection.

It was discovered nearby by Gary and Julie Maynard last month and Miss O'Shea is applying for a licence to Natural England for permission to keep it.

She hopes to be able to show it and allow people to handle it.

Carl Chapman, Norfolk Cetacean Recorder, has seen photos of the bone and believes that it is most likely from a sperm whale, or other large whale.

Another sperm whale bone was washed up recently on Holme beach, further up the north Norfolk coast, according to Mr Chapman.

He said the 6ft-7ft-long specimen was part of a lower jaw bone, most likely from one of the six sperm whales stranded in January on beaches including Hunstanton.

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