Fascinating Prehistoric Discovery
The rare remains of prehistoric sea creatures are discovered from time to time all over this world. Often they are found in sandy terrain, which use to be the ocean floor or dried up old river beds that once flowed this Earth millions of years ago. Usually when a new discovery like this is made, you'll hear all about it on television or read about it in a science magazine.
What can sometimes be even more fascinating is when you stumble upon a prehistoric sea creature yourself as you are walking along a beach, and that's just what happened to me. I discovered my ancient wonder on an East coast beach in the United States of America. It was still very exciting even though there was never a television show made about my discovery.
Periodically off shore they dredge the ocean floor to make the shipping lanes deeper for the larger ships. When this happens all sorts of long forgotten things from the past get dredged up from the sediment on the ocean floor back up to the ocean surface. It's truly amazing what our oceans are hiding beneath their depths.
I found my very own prehistoric fossil laying on a beach after one of these dredging events. Some mornings we'd find that the beach would be covered with these old fossils, and it was almost like an Easter egg hunt picking them up and collecting them. There were so many of these fossils laying around that a person could be selective, and choose and pick up just the one's that they wanted. There were so many at the time that you couldn't give them away.
Now I totally realize that my little discovery isn't an old dinosaur bone, but it's just as old if not a lot older. At first no one knew what they were or where they kept coming from. But after doing a little investigative research, we discovered that these fossils were the petrified remains of prehistoric mollusks, which were recently dredged up from the ocean floor.
The oddly shaped mollusks range in size from a baseball to a golf ball. They are now literally rocks, and their shell was worn off a long time ago. What happened millions of years ago was that the mollusk was a small shelled sea creature that eventually died. When the mollusk died it's shell was partially opened, which allowed sand from the ocean floor to enter it's empty shell and fill it up. The mollusk eventually got buried underneath the sediment of the ocean floor. Over time the sand inside of the mollusk's shell turned to stone, and the shell itself wore away. This left behind a perfect stone sculpture of this sea creature for all of eternity. It's really kind of amazing how things work in life.
Now I realize that even though these mollusks are millions of years old, that they aren't worth very much, if they are worth anything at all. However they do make a perfect paper weight, a great conversation piece, a swell gift for children, and a wonderful story line for a hub on our hub pages.