On Stories Beach, in Campbell River, I picked up this
bird skull. I have never seen one like it before.
|Top view. Part of the beak is missing. Length of this bit, 8 cm, height about 3.5 cm., as found.|
Luckily, the light was great, and the skull felt fragile, so I photographed it as soon as we got back to the car, on the engine hood.
Bird skulls are usually smooth. This one seems almost feathered, but all that structure is bone. I've been searching for a match; I found a great site, skullsite dot com, with over 1000 bird skulls to compare, and looked at all the bigger ones. There's nothing like this.
|Long, hollow bones.|
|Side view, upside down.|
The underparts of the bones reflected the light too brightly. Unfortunately, this is the best shot I've got; I packed the skull carefully to bring it home, got it here in one piece, then dropped it and broke the bottom section off.
|Bottom view, broken remains.|
Any guesses? Or outright IDs?
Update: in the comments, five people so far are telling me it's a fish. I'm off to look up fish heads.