Rain postpones fossil study

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The next planned excavation of on a 35-million year old whale fossil along the Flint River has been postponed because of high water levels.

A team of Georgia Southern University professors and students planned to return to the Flint River this weekend, but the drawdown of Lake Chehaw raised the level of the River over the fossil. Local experts say the fossilized whale backbone has impressive historical significance.

"That knowledge of it. The work going on. And having a group that is an expert in that field, in excavation of that, brings a little bit of notoriety and significance to our area," said Thronateeska Heritage Museum Exec. Director Tommy Gregors.

The Georgia Southern team excavated part of the whale last month. They're not sure when they'll return to continue the work.

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