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Mission Viejo in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Whale Fossil

 
 
Whale Fossil Marker image. Click for full size.
By Adam Margolis, October 21, 2011
1. Whale Fossil Marker
Inscription.
Originally dedicated on June 4, 1977 by the Mission Viejo Cultural and Heritage Association.

The Fossil was unearthed in the southern part of the city in 1976, and is a partial skull of a Baleen whale belonging to the Bowhead or right whale family.

Alive over 3.5 to 5 million years ago, this whale would have been over 58 feet long and weighed 50 tons with a skull 9 feet across and 14.5 feet long. This is the only fossil skull of this type on scientifically display in California.
 
Erected by City of Mission Viejo Heritage.
 
Location. 33° 36.075′ N, 117° 40.327′ W. Marker is in Mission Viejo, California, in Orange County. Marker is on Christiana Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mission Viejo CA 92692, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fossil (here, next to this marker); Aliso Creek Adobes (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mormon Battalion Marker (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fossil Reef (approx. 2.1 miles away); Sergeant Matt Davis Park (approx. 2.3 miles away);
Whale Fossil Marker image. Click for full size.
By Adam Margolis, October 21, 2011
2. Whale Fossil Marker
Heritage Hill Historic Park (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Serrano Adobe (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Heritage Hill Historic Park (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mission Viejo.
 
Categories. AnimalsPaleontologyScience & Medicine
 
Whale Fossil Display image. Click for full size.
By Adam Margolis, October 21, 2011
3. Whale Fossil Display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2014, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 1, 2014, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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