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Mammoth Tusk Recovered from Bottom of Ocean

Mammoths are long to be known as ancient land dwellers, so scientists were shocked to find remains from the animal at the bottom of the ocean.Pilot Randy Prickett and scientist Steven Haddock, researchers with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), discovered a Columbian Mammoths tusk 185 miles offshore and 10,000 feet deep in the ocean in 2019, the institution.

At the time they were only able to collect a small piece of the tusk, so they returned in July 2021 to get the complete sample.Researchers said that you to ‘expect the unexpected’ when exploring the deep sea, but I’m still stunned that we came upon the ancient tusk of a Mammoths. Our work examining this exciting discovery is just beginning and we look forward to sharing more information in the future.

University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher, who specializes in the study of Mammoths and mastodons, said it is unlike anything he has ever seen. Fisher said that other Mammoths have been retrieved from the ocean, but generally not from depths of more than a few tens of meters.

A variety of research facilities are examining the tusk to determine a variety of information about it including the age of the animal at its death, the release said. The researchers said the cold, high pressure environment helped to preserve the tusk, so it can be studied in greater detail.

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