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.