One of the things I love about fishing are the amazing sights I encounter on the water.
It’s not unusual to view vast pods of dolphins when I’m out on the ocean. I’ve seen multiple species of whales, including the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale. I’ve seen orcas, bald eagles, and even the American bison while out fishing.
Recently, Alaskan angler Andrew Harrelson came across a most unusual sight: a giant woolly mammoth tusk.
What makes this story even more unusual though is that Andrew’s mother discovered a woolly mammoth tusk in the same spot 22 years earlier!
Read this amazing fish tale in this story from the Alaska Dispatch News.
Andrew Harrelson still has a few foggy memories of the day his parents came home with a woolly mammoth tusk strapped to the back of a four-wheeler.
“This big, old log-looking thing,” recalled Harrelson, who was about 3 years old at the time, growing up in the Norton Sound village of White Mountain. “I had no clue what it was until they told me.”
Andrew knew it must be important. His mother, Luann Harrelson, had spotted the 79-pound fossil that day in the gritty, strange-smelling muck of Fish River and posed her son for a Polaroid beside it.
That was 1992.
On Sunday, Andrew made a discovery of his own at precisely the same river bend just two miles outside the village.
Peppered across northern Alaska, tusks of the extinct species range in age from 12,000 to 400,000 years old and advertise for as much as $75 per pound on the resale market. Here is how a mother and son each made the discovery of a lifetime, 20 years and 10 feet apart.
Photos: Alaska Dispatch News (top); SoCal Salty (above)