01/26/2012 06:57 EST | Updated 03/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Bones found in boot on B.C. coast not likely human

The bones found in a boot that was found washed ashore in Vancouver's English Bay Thursday are probably not human, a coroner says.

The bones appear to be from a marine mammal, a coroner said at the scene, but that is a preliminary conclusion and more analysis will need to be done.

Police said they were notified Thursday afternoon about what appeared to be human bones inside the boot found near the B.C. Maritime Museum near False Creek.

The area was cordoned off while investigators went over the scene, Vancouver police Const. Lindsey Houghton said in a release.

Nine human feet have been found in southern B.C. waters since August 2007.

The coroners service has identified six of the feet as belonging to four individuals.

In one case, the feet came from a person who had taken her own life by drowning, the coroner has determined.