Oceans of Opportunity

The ‘Tails’ of Two Whales

BLOGICONGo figure – I’ve been making the drive to the Green Mountain State (Vermont) for ten years now, and it took until this past weekend to actually notice the ‘Reverence’ sculpture alongside 89 North.


The Wikipedia write-up tells its story nicely, so I’ll spare the duplicate effort. However, a little more digging shed some light on an interesting but little known fact about Vermont. That is, much of the Champlain Valley was underwater as recently as the last glacial retreat about 10,000 years ago. So, the rocky intertidal that we know well from coastal Maine and New Hampshire would have made its way well into Vermont. Additional sources seem to indicate that fossils of large mammals, such as whales, have been found in Vermont. Perhaps Nessie’s cousin Champ isn’t so far-fetched after all.

Reverence in profile

Reverence in profile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ahh, the ties that bind continue to expose themselves through our exploration of the Holocene! From the Bahama Deep, now to the Green Mountain State!

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