• Sunset view of Glacier Bay and the surrounding Fairweather Mountains.

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Whale 68 Articulation Project

The Return of "Snow"

 
The flukes of Whale #68 taken two weeks before her death.
A fluke photo from the final sighting of Snow, or Whale 68, on June 26, 2001. Snow was struck and killed by a ship two weeks later.
 

Future visitors to Bartlett Cove will be awed and inspired when they get up close and personal with an impressive 45 1/2 foot, adult humpback whale skeleton. Currently, this is the second largest re-articulated humpback whale skeleton on display in the world!

 
Park staff and volunteers working hard to preserve whale 68's remains.
Park employees and volunteers moved the massive skull of Whale #68 (a.k.a. Snow) with the help of some heavy equipment.
NPS
 

In July 2001, a 45 1/2 foot adult female humpback whale was found dead at the mouth of Glacier Bay after having been struck by a cruise ship. Known as Whale #68, or SNOW, this humpback was a regular visitor to Glacier Bay and was observed regularly since 1975.

The entire skeleton was collected, and over the intervening years many volunteers from the community, including high school and college students, have worked alongside Glacier Bay staff to retrieve, clean, and preserve the whale bones.

 

In October 2012, the park contracted with Whales and Nails to clean, repair, and articulate Snow's bones. A large whale exhibit shelter was built in Bartlett Cove to house the enormous skeleton. Whales and Nails completed the two-and-a-half year project during the summer of 2014 and Snow was put on permanent display in Bartlett Cove on September 25th, 2014.

Learn more about Whale 68:

 
Kelly and Melissa are Glacier Bay's Whale Education Team!

Follow our Blog!

The Return of Whale #68 BLOG
Follow the blog and share our excitement for this huge project!

Did You Know?

lungwort

Lungwort lichens get their name because their appearance is similar to lung tissue. Some lungworts are able to convert atmospheric nitrogen to forms that other lichens and plants can use. The presence of lungwort is an indicator of a rich, unpolluted forest habitat.