Short Tales #4 (Republished)

Dry bones by Ian Frearson

Along the shores of Bellsund are relics of a bygone way of life – that of taking marine mammals for their hide, blubber, flesh and bone.  One can often find isolated bones or in some cases, almost whole skeletons of mammals ranging from young whales, walrus and seal skeletons and sometimes the remains of huge whales, a moving and impressive sight. 

I found this vertebra on a trek to visit a surging glacier and it made as much of an impression on me as did the latter.  The reindeer antler may be picked up anywhere as they shed each year.  You should see the others, some are enormous, but not as big as something I’ll talk about, next time…

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