Whale 68 Articulation Project
The Return of "Snow"
Future visitors to Bartlett Cove will be provided a chance to get up close and personal with an impressive full-sized humpback whale skeleton. When completed, this will be the second largest rearticulated humpback whale skeleton on display in the world!
In July 2001, a 46-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.
The Return of Whale #68 BLOG
Did You Know?
Captain James Cook named the tallest mountain in Glacier Bay, Mount Fairweather, in 1778. As Southeast Alaska is a temperate rainforest, with an average of only 50 sunny days a year, it would require fair-weather to see that mountain.