New England fisherman catches 12,000-year-old mammoth tooth

Can you imagine New England with woolly mammoths walking around Hampton Beach, climbing through the forests of the White Mountains, or taking over Story Lady?

It sounds a bit far-fetched – but not really.

For the past three months, University of New Hampshire geologists have been trying to identify an artifact found off Plum Island in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

According to NECN, the artifact was identified as an 11-inch, 7-pound woolly mammoth tooth.

The tooth was found last December by Captain Tim Rider while dredging for scallops, according to NECN. Captain Rider used to dig up scallops; however, when he pulled out an incredibly well-preserved 12,000-year-old tooth, he didn’t know what to do.

According to the New England Fishmongers, a Facebook group that catches and sells fish caught off the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine, the tooth is currently at Captain Rider’s restaurant in Kittery, Maine.

Knowing that people would be interested in buying this piece of pre-human history, Captain Rider decided to do something amazing: donate 100% of the proceeds to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, according to NECN.

“I can’t imagine what it’s like for people there, so we found a charity that works with food, and our chefs know the chefs who started this,” Rider said in the NECN article. “Obviously I can’t solve the world’s problems as a fisherman, but I can help people who are suffering,”

The organization that will manage the profits will be the World Central Kitchen whose current mission is to serve hot meals in Ukrainian cities and feed refugees fleeing the county.

The current bid, as of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, is just under $5,000 on Ebay. The tender will end on Sunday in order to help those in Ukraine as soon as possible.

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