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Alaska Angler Unearths Rare Fossil While Salmon Fishing

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Alaska Angler Unearths Rare Fossil While Salmon Fishing

You can’t eat a wooly mammoth tusk, but still a pretty good catch.

Angler Andrew Harrelson was fishing for salmon last month with his fiancé and two daughters on Alaska’s Fish River when he discovered a relic from the distant past. He was fishing near a bend in the river where his parents discovered a wooly mammoth tusk nearly two decades before. Little did Harrelson know that he was about to make the same discovery.

Sometimes the fish don’t bite, so Harrelson put down his rod and paddled up to the muddy bank where his parents made the discovery to see if he would have more luck spotting a fossil. Harrelson said that in only took 10 seconds to spot a strange stick-like object hidden underneath a root.

“I knew it wasn’t a stick because there was no limbs, no branches coming off. It was really smooth,” Harrelson told ktuu.com. “I told myself, ‘That’s a tusk.’”

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