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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 Shelter Almost Complete

April 23, 2014 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Whale 68 Exhibit Shelter, May 2014

 

A Whale of a House!

November 20, 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.

 

We Have A Winner!

June 03, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

The park chooses a pose.

 

Molding and Casting with a Pro!

June 03, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

Dan DenDanto shares his expertise with NPS staff.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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?

Harbor Seal

Harbor seal pups are born in an advanced stage of development. They can swim from birth and dive for up to two minutes at just two or three days old.