Killer Whale Articulation Project BLOG

Piecing together the skeleton of a killer whale.

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Follow along as Glacier Bay collaborates with well known Alaska Articulation Specialist, Lee Post, to articulate a rare killer whale calf skeleton.

Killer Whale Articulation Begins

September 23, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

On August 26, 2005 a juvenile, female killer whale (11ft. 8in.) stranded and died on Young Island in lower Glacier Bay. The necropsy revealed probable cause of death to be a large fish hook embedded in the whale's esophagus. Between 2005 and 2006, the Park collected and cleaned the entire skeleton in preparation for future articulation.


This project is a collaboration between Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Geographic, the Gustavus Community Library, Gustavus School, bone specialist Lee Post, and many Gustavus community volunteers.


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