Your personal blog is a fucking piece of art, Ella.
Red deer skull, blackbuck antelope skull and roe deer antlers.
Look at this cool female Wasp Mantidfly I found on my car this morning!
Hello vultures! I’m somewhat new to this; any idea on what causes this chalky/powdery white stuff?
normally when i see “chalky/powdery” I assume the bones were bleached, but this doesnt quite look like that. was it bleached? was it degreased properly?
That is corpse/mortuary/grave wax or “adipocere”. I get that stuff on my bones all the time and I haven’t actually figured out how to get rid of it.
I’ve been able to get it off using a stiff bristled brush after the bones have been soaking for a while. I usually scrub them down right after maceration
I skinned a big stinky raccoon today. I found her within 5 feet of the place I found the only other raccoon I’ve picked up, which was about 8 months ago. Weird. It must be a popular raccoon hang out.
I have a skull that's kind of pink in some places but mostly brown, do you think I should be macerating it or degreasing it? I picked it up very recently and it was still covered in bugs and larvae when I got it if that has anything to do with it?
Maybe macerate for a bit longer, just because its hard to go back to maceration once you’ve moved to degreasing. But if all the flesh is gone, you could probably move to degreasing very soon, the discoloration should be helped a lot by degreasing. Good luck, let me know how it goes!