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Default So I went surfing and saw a dinosaur

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I guess some explanation is in order.....found at pleasure point Santa Cruz. Today was an extremely low tide and this guy was found sticking out of the rocks. Only visible during low tide, otherwise he is underwater. I have no idea what it is. Looks like a backbone vertebrae of something big.


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Surfers Find Giant Fossilized Back Bones


A group of surfers in Santa Cruz County, Calif. stumbled upon a surprise Thursday. Sticking out of a rocky outcrop that is usually covered by water, even at low tide, was a giant set of fossilized vertebrae.
One of the dumbfounded surfers snapped a photo of the six to eight feet of bones, which were sticking out from a rock formation at Pleasure Point, a world-renowned surfing destination (home to the surf legend Jack O'Neill) that is one of only four dedicated "World Surfing Reserves."
The surfer, under the name Donkahones, posted his photo of the fossils to Reddit, the Internet message board, with the explanation that the group could see the bones because of an unusually low tide. The post was titled "So I went surfing and saw a dinosaur."
Experts disagreed.
"It is not a dinosaur," Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the nearby University of California, Santa Cruz, told ABCnews.com. "The vertebrae are in what is called the Purisima formation, which is from the Pliocene, so they're three to five million years old.
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