WAKULLA — For about a week, scientists with Aucilla Research Institute have been undertaking an excavation of mammoth proportions at Wakulla Springs State Park.

Well, more accurately, mastodon-proportions.

Mastodon bones were first discovered in the Wakulla Springs in 1850, and scientists have been researching them for over 150 years. Many of them are concentrated in an area called the Bone Cave. This most recent excavation site is just beyond the boundary of the swimming area at the state park.

According to news reports and researchers with Aucilla, the water clarity at Wakulla has been an issue when it comes to excavating the bones of the giant, elephant-like animal. Scientists say there may possibly be a second mastodon near the excavation site, or evidence of human interaction with the creatures.

The scientists plan to wrap up the excavation by Jan. 20, according to social media posts.