Excursion boat built by CAPPY
on Sucia Island, WA.
From the archives of the S.P.H.S.©
While in Seattle, I took the fossil into Professor Kincaid's office at the U of WA. The professor took one look at it and pronounced it to be a Cephalopod. He then took down a book and turned to a perfect picture of the fossil. These, he said, are quite numerous on the California coast, and they get as large in some instances as an automobile wheel. Professor Kincaid said that years ago a professor from CA took a specimen of Cephalopoda to Germany to have it sketched and photographed, and it took a German artist three months to complete the job.
Sucia Island, according to the professor, is the only place north of Southern CA where any Cephalopods have been found. Their habitat is the bottom of the ocean. Scientists as yet, have not determined the exact time when the San Juan Islands emerged from the sea, but they have traced them back to some time between 24 and 25 million years ago."
W. R. Giffen, Orcas Islander, August 1940
|Geology of Sucia Island, WA.|
original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
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Seven years previous to the W. R. Giffin news article above, Giffin was writing about "Cap" finding a 20-inch diameter shell that he chiseled out of a bank on Sucia. It was filled with petrified rock and weighed 78 pounds. It went on exhibit at the East Sound Art Studio for a large number of island people and tourists to view.
Do you know of any photos of these fossils?