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Lobster claw goes back in time, a bit

Colin Dandy has been fishing for 30-plus years and over that time has pulled his fair share of unusual items from the sea.

Colin Dandy has been fishing for 30-plus years and over that time has pulled his fair share of unusual items from the sea. But while fishing scallops recently about two and a half miles off Cape Breton, Dandy hauled in a fossilized lobster claw.

“You can see where the claw was buried in the sand and after so long it carbonized,” Dandy said. “It goes to show that lobsters were around here long before man.”

Dr. Stuart Critchley, curator with the Cape Breton Fossil Centre, confirmed what Dandy believed, that it is indeed a fossilized lobster claw from the carboniferous era.

According to Critchley, the claw is between 300 million and 350 million years old.

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