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L.A. County Search and Rescue team moves rare, 14-million-year-old whale bone

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 6:08 PM -

The LA County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue team had a whale of a time rescuing a fossil on a hillside in Rancho Palos Verdes Friday. 

It wasn't their typical rescue. They were about 14-million years late. Gary Johnson discovered the baleen whale head fossil back in 1978. 

His family owned one of the homes on top of the hill. It was imbedded in a 1000 lb. rock. 

At the time, he contacted a museum, but it didn't have the resources to extract the rock. 

Johnson renewed his interest in the fossil earlier this year, when another rare whale fossil was found in the area.


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This time, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles teamed up with the LA County Sheriff's Department's Search and Rescue team to retrieve it. It took a team of 10 rescuers four hours to do the job. 

The museum plans to use the fossil for research. 

It's believed only about 20 such fossils have ever been discovered.

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