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Whale Sightings Outside Smiths Falls– Part 2

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Whale Sightings Outside Smiths Falls– Part 2

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Some people thought I was nuts when I first wrote a story about whale bones being found outside Smiths Falls in 2015.

If you didn’t know– Lanark County used to be part of the Champlain Sea. There are not a lot of fossils in Lanark County, but it has been reported that whale bones were found in a few places. “The remainder of a Humpback Whale was found near an empty pit at Welsh’s Station three miles north of Smiths Falls in 1883. The bones were found 30 feet below the surface”.

Doing research today I came across this article written in the Almonte Gazette in 1882 on page 1.

June 30 1882-Almonte Gazette

At the sand pit near Smith’s Falls, thirty six feet below the surface, the gravel train men found part  of what appears to be an extinct animal of the vertebrate kingdom—probably the remains of some *antediluvian race. The structure is bony, honey-combed, and crumbly, with two legs projecting as far as the joints, which latter are distinctly marked. As yet nobody has been able to give it an origin or a name.

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The Ottawa Journal19 Nov 1955, SatPage 29

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Photo-Rideau Canal–

DYK: In 1883, the bones of a humpback whale were found in a gravel pit just north of #SmithsFalls#WhaleWednesday

Whale Sightings in Pakenham and Smiths Falls – Holy SeaWorld!

historicalnotes

All about the Champlain Sea

*antediluvian–adjective

1.

of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.

2.

very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive:

antediluvian ideas.
noun

3.

a person who lived before the Flood.

4.

a very old or old-fashioned person or thing

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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