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    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

The Return of Whale #68

Follow our blog and learn about Whale 68 and the project to return her bones to Bartlett Cove as a magnificent display.
Follow our blog to share our excitement for this massive project!
 

About This Blog

Over the past 10 years, Glacier Bay staff and volunteers have spent over a thousand hours cleaning and preparing the skeleton of a massive humpback whale. When completed and displayed, it will be one of the largest on display anywhere in the world!

Whale Exhibit Grand Opening

July 28, 2014 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Glacier Bay celebrates the Grand Opening of Snow - a 45.5 ft. humpback whale skeleton exhibit.

 

Articulation Begins In Bartlett Cove

July 08, 2014 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Whales and Nails arrive in Glacier Bay to begin articulation.

 

Articulation and Installation

July 08, 2014 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Articulation in Bartlett Cove

 

Adding the Cartilage

July 07, 2014 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Whales and Nails continues articulation in the shop.

 

The Long Journey Home

July 07, 2014 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Snow returns to Glacier Bay.

 

A Whale of a House!

November 28, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

The Whale 68 exhibit shelter is now complete and waiting on the whale. Installation is scheduled for Summer 2014.

 

Articulation Begins!

September 16, 2013 Posted by: K.VandenBerg

Articulation of Whale 68 begins in the Whales & Nails workshop.

 

Whale Shelter Exhibit Under Construction

July 15, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

The park breaks ground on the Whale 68 Exhibit Shelter

 

Breaking Ground

June 24, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

The Park breaks ground on Whale 68 Shelter.

 

Whale 68's Bones in 3D!

June 03, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

The Idaho Virtualization Lab travels to Maine to scan Whale 68's bones.

 

Molding and Casting with a Pro!

June 03, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Dan DenDanto shares his expertise with NPS staff.

 

We Have A Winner!

June 03, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

The park chooses a pose.

 

Replacing Missing Bones

May 28, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Techniques for replacing missing bones in Whale 68's skeleton.

 

A Whale of a Cavity!

May 01, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

The Whales and Nails team cast Whale 68's left hemisphere.

 

A "Whale of an Effort" to repair Whale 68's skull!

April 09, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

The Whales & Nails crew repair Whale 68's damaged skull.

 

Constructing the Skull Cleaning Tank

March 27, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Dan builds the tank around the skull.

 

The Cleaning Tanks

March 25, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Dan builds the cleaning tanks for Whale 68's bones.

 

Simmering and Soaking Whale Bones

March 19, 2013 Posted by: Kelly V.

Dan DenDanto cleans Whale 68's bones using several methods.

 

Cleaning Whale 68's Bones

December 18, 2012 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Whale 68's bones cleaned in Maine. Update.

 

Snow Secured Just Before Hurricane Sandy Arrives

December 06, 2012 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Snow arrives in Maine to be unloaded just before Hurricane Sandy arrives.

 

Whale 68 Is On The Move - By Land

October 22, 2012 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Whale 68 travels overland from Bellingham, WA to Seal Cove, ME.

 

Whale 68 on the Move - By Sea

October 18, 2012 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Park educators visit local school with killer whale bones. Whale 68 is on the move!

 

It's "Snow" Hard to Say Goodbye

October 01, 2012 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Snow is finally packed up and ready for transport.

 

Dan DenDanto, Of "Whales & Nails" Arrives in Glacier Bay

September 26, 2012 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

After a two-day journey from Maine to Glaicer Bay, Whale Articulation Specialist, Dan DenDanto, finally meets "Snow" in person.

 

Loading the Skull and Mandibles

September 26, 2012 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Loading finally begins! It starts with the largest bones, the skull and mandibles.

 

Local Students Learn About Whale 68

September 19, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Kelly

Local Gustavus School and homeschool students came to Bartlett Cove today to learn about Whale 68 and the upcomint "Whale 68 Articulation Project."

 

Phase I - Cleaning Bones

September 18, 2012 Posted by: Kelly VandenBerg

Phase I begins as contractor Dan DenDanto arrives in Glacier Bay this week to evaluate and pack bones for transport.

 

Meet Whale #68, Also Known As "Snow"

September 11, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Kelly

Glacier Bay officially begins the "Whale Articulation Project - Phase I."

 

Did You Know?

Dall's Porpoise

The Dall’s Porpoise may be the fastest small cetacean on the planet. It has been reported to reach speeds of 30 knots.