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Large Lee Creek Marlin Bill, Makaira purdyii

Picked up last season, this baby is huge! 14.5 in. Even better, it's a dead ringer for Makaira purdyii, the rare marlin species noted in LCIII. Only one was reported as being found in LCIII, but I do know two other guides that have one. Still, a nice find. I did quite a Happy Dance when I found it. Only 3 in. of the tip were showing, and I almost wrote it off as another nondescript whale bone fragment, but figured what the heck... after a few seconds digging, the shape emerged, as did the presence of a few denticles, and...Happy Dance!
Age Pliocene Epoch
Category Misc
Formation Yorktown Formation
Location Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA
Species billfish sp. unknown
Length 14 1/2 inches
Width 2 3/4 inches
Thickness 2 inches

ID2261
Memberhemipristis
Date Added8/16/2007

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