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Tusk hunters: Mammoth expert reveals possible treasure trove dumped in New York’s East River

NYPD and Coast Guard boats patrol the East River outside the United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson) Julia Nikhinson/AP

Tusk hunters: Mammoth expert reveals possible treasure trove dumped in New York’s East River

Jack Birle

January 04, 12:11 PM January 04, 12:11 PM

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A mammoth expert claims nearly 500,000 tusks were dumped in the East River in New York City decades ago and that they still may be at the bottom of the body of water to this day.

John Reeves, a gold miner-turned-self-proclaimed mammoth expert, said that the various tusks were disposed of in the 1940s by accident, citing a draft report from an unknown company he purchased, according to the Daily Mail.

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“They took about a whole box car load of these bones, they ran out of storage, and they dumped them in the East River,” Reeves said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Reeves estimated the tusks could be worth up to $20,000 each depending on the condition they are in. He claims he shared the information because he wanted to start a “bone rush.”

The East River in New York had been used as a dumping ground for centuries, leading to the current pollution of the body of water next to Manhattan.

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