Whale’s skull found on Cape Cod may be 500-years-old

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Last fall, members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare made an incredible find on a Cape Cod Beach.

What appeared to be a rock sticking up through the sand on Ellis Landing Beach in Brewster turned out to be an ancient skull from a North Atlantic right whale.

Officials said the skull weighed between 400 and 500 pounds. It had to be delicately lifted from the sand and dried out so an analysis could be done.

Originally thought to be about 30-years-old, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Falmouth used carbon dating to determine the skull between 350- and 500-years-old.

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