Sir David Attenborough recently visited Lyme Regis to film the removal of a Ichthyosaur fossil from the cliffs.
Part of the fossil was found by Charmouth based fossil expert Chris Moore earlier this year, who recognised that it is likely to be a new species of Ichthyosaur.
Because digging in the cliffs is prohibited, special permission was obtained from the land owners to allow the remainder of the fossil to be removed safely, before the winter storms destroyed it and washed it away.
Chris Moore said “We mentioned it to David Attenborough and he said it would be great to come and have a look, and it went from there. We have spent the last two weeks filming and logging it up.”
“It has been very exciting, but also very draining. The work to extract the fossil is only a fraction of the effort that goes into it. We spend years looking for the things, but the real work begins when we get it back to the workshop.”
In Sir David’s one hour special, a perfect replica of the skeleton of Mr Moore’s discovery will be constructed before the creature’s physical attributes will be scientifically tested, with the help of CGI animation.