The Island is famed for its fossils, with the soft cliffs along the south coast being of particular interest. Opportunities for fossil hunting exist all year-round, and with the constant erosion of the cliffs there are always new finds to be made. Dinosaur Isle (entry fee applies) in Sandown has a large collection of fossils and dinosaur exhibits housed in a purpose built museum (shaped like a pterodactyl), and provides a great day out whatever the weather.
It’s a Scute… What’s a Scute? It’s a bit of prehistoric body armour – and this bit is from a 35-million year old crocodile called Diplocynodon. This fragment was picked up on the little beach down at the end of Fishbourne Lane where the ferries come and go.