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The mystery is all the greater due to the way the animal was buried, which doesn't suggest the dead porpoise was simply disposed of underground.
Instead, it looks like it's been laid to rest, with the body aligned east to west per Christian tradition, and the careful digging of the grave itself suggests it was intended as a solemn resting place.
For that reason, de Jersey expected to find the remains of a medieval monk in the tomb, as the island is thought to have been a religious retreat for monks seeking refuge. But after noticing changes in the soil, which indicated the likely existence of a grave underneath, the researchers uncovered the skull of a juvenile porpoise, which they think has been entombed alongside the graves of other monks since some time in the 14th century.
originally posted by: gortex
The question has to be asked was this the body of a common porpoise or perhaps that of a visitor from the heavens , an aquatic traveler from another world which afforded it reverential treatment and a burial on consecrated land ? The truth is out there.
The question has to be asked was this the body of a common porpoise or perhaps that of a visitor from the heavens , an aquatic traveler from another world which afforded it reverential treatment and a burial on consecrated land ?
originally posted by: stormcell
I imagine the dolphin helped the monks catch fish with their nets and in return the monks gave a few fish back to the dolphin, providing a relationship of mutual benefit.
Exploring the related links, I came across this website:
The dolphin seems to have been one of the symbols of the Pict language, categorized as "Pictish Beast".
originally posted by: underwerks
Makes me wonder what the porpoise was.
(Sorry, had to do it.)