Mission Viejo in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The vertebral column on exhibit behind the whale skull although not associated with the skull, was also discovered in the city of Mission Viejo.
This fossil, which unearthed by the Mission Viejo Company durning grading operations in the souther part of Mission Viejo in 1976, is a partial skull of a Baleen Whale. A Baleen Whale is a member of the Bowhead Whale Family.
When alive, this particular whale would have been 58 feet long and weighed about 50 tons or the wight of 575 men. This skull would have measured nine feet across and about 14.5 feet long.
The fossil is owned by the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and is on permanent loan to the City of Mission Viejo.
It is the only fossil skull of this to be on scientific 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 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. Whale 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); 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.
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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 578 times since then and 91 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.