|Mike and Jacob in the hole, early in the morning
|The hole from another angle. Notice back-saving jackhammer!
|After bobcat work, expanding the hole to find the perimeter of the specimen
The fish itself was stirred up pretty severely, with the caudal fin exploded, spines everywhere, and the skull and pectoral girdle spread across the length of the excavation. On the bright side, this pile of bones will be a great basis for the restoration of the entire skeleton in a nice panel mount.
|Dirty chainsaw work, with Jacob for scale
The stable pieces were removed and 2 jackets were carved out of the chalk with a chainsaw. 8:00 pm and we had it done. Only hit 95 degrees too. Much better than the 108 for a high the next day. I'm still exhausted from the experience.
|Cleaning the undercuts in preparation for jacketing