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Skulls from Hopetoun

Red23

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Recently I went to Hopetoun, WA for a weekend. Nothing special, just stayed in a villa and had a look around as Hopetoun was the only "local" place to Esperance that we hadn't been, and being a shift worker during school holidays only gave me one chance to go.

On a two seperate outings we came across some skulls, one I hope is not a Rat (seems a bit big for one) and the other is either a Seal or Sea Lion (not sure what the difference is other than size)

Anyway here are a couple of pics.

I did harvest that big tooth, its a monster and now hangs around my neck. I'll show it later. Unfortunately there was only one!

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The first one looks like a small rabbit skull... note the two sets of incisors on the top jaw, which rats and other rodents don't have.
 

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May I ask do you have any other shots of the second skull and jaw, I ask as I have a possible ID from what I see but I know I am 100% wrong . a side and underneath pic of skull would be great and a full side and top shot of jaw, even if only a full jaw shot we may be able to help.
I note you suggest a sea lion or seal but from the pics I see the the jaw does not look right as the teeth on them should follow close behind the canine, and that is assuming the jaw is for the skull.
 
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Red23

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Unfortunately not, once I realised there was a great big tooth there I became distracted. There was a carcass which I took a couple of shots of though, I'm almost certain it's sea lion.

I'll upload them tonight hopefully
 

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Not questioning you Red but here a pic to see what I am questioning Australian Sea Lion
View attachment 6091Photo by Marnie Rawlinson, Cathy Accurso and Ken Walker © Museum Victoria
Scale line is 5 cm
 
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Hi there Auscraft
I think scale is about right, the knife in the picture is 21/22cm overall.

Its hard to see but the jaw had similar cavities for teeth as the example you have shown.

I have added the other photo's I had to the OP, there isn't much but its all I have.
 

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Yes I can see now, thanks for update pics too ,
 
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