Fossil Cliffs – Maria Island

Mussel-like shells are densely packed into the Fossil Cliffs of Cape Boullanger, at the northern extremity of Maria Island. It is difficult to believe they are 300 million years old, being so well preserved. The best glimpse at Fossil Cliffs can be had from the cut face of an old limestone quarry, but you can also climb down to the sea, where you might be able to distinguish sea fans, coral-like creatures, scallops and sea lilies in the cliffs. These creatures come from a time when the ocean was floating with icebergs.

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