The Comox Valley Elasmosaur recently celebrated its 80,000,030th birthday. File photo

The Comox Valley Elasmosaur recently celebrated its 80,000,030th birthday. File photo

The Vancouver Island elasmosaur needs your help

Famous Comox Valley fossil hunting for votes in chase to become BC symbol

Although it’s 80 million years old, the Elasmosaur inside the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre is hoping its popularity stands the test of time.

Discovered along the banks of the Puntledge River in 1988, the Elasmosaur is one of seven fossils to be chosen in order to be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia.

The competition for a provincial fossil is being put on by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and the winning fossil would join the ranks of other provincial symbols such as the Spirit Bear, Steller’s Jay and Pacific Dogwood.

Voting for the fossils ends on Nov. 23. To vote, follow the link of the museum’s website at www.courtenaymuseum.ca or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BC_Provincial_Fossil.