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

April 09, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

When Dan DenDanto of 'Whales and Nails' took on the challenging task of cleaning and repairing Whale 68's skeleton, he knew exactly what he was getting into.  Having cleaned and articulated over a dozen whale skeletons prior to Snow, he was well aware of the challenges, especially when it came to repairing the skull.

As a result of trauma from the 2001 cruise ship strike, Snow's skull was broken into three major pieces, with dozens of loose skull fragments ranging from chunks larger than a shoe box, to pieces small enough to fit in one hand. When Dan unpacked the skeleton in his Maine workshop, he counted over 58 individual skull fragments in varying condition, from oily to clean, and from good to cracked or broken.  In addition to perimortem trauma, Snow also had various degrees of postmortem trauma that occurred after her death.  Some damage was the result of abrasion of bone surfaces against each other, or against another hard surface, while the carcass was adrift or after it was beached.  Some postmortem damage was the result of forces exerted on the bone during the retrieval - impressions, or crush damage, from lifting straps. Scavenger damage also occurred, probably by rodents such as squirrels and porcupines.  Making repairs to the skull involved using several different techniques.

Dan's desire to use original bone when making repairs required him to be quite versatile in his approach.  He used a combination of glue, epoxy putty, and urethane foam to get the desired results. In the photo below, Courtney begins the repair of a long abrasion along the lateral edge of the right maxilla (part of the rostrum). The pins will provide an anchor for the prosthetically repaired piece.  Once in place, the prosthetic will be coated with epoxy and painted to match the surrounding bone. Stay tuned for the final result! 

The Whales & Nails team repair Whale 68's skull.


12 Comments Comments icon

  1. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:22
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  2. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:22
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  3. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:21
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  4. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:20
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  5. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:20
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  6. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:19
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  7. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:18
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  8. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:17
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  9. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:17
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  10. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:16
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  11. Rvxadryl Male Enhancement Reviews
    July 25, 2018 at 10:15
     

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you book marked to check out new things you post... http://spudnugget.com/index.php?title=How_Even_Worse_Ur_Penis_Larger_And_Penis_Exercises_To_Increase_Size

     
  12. Xyzol
    June 01, 2018 at 05:36
     

    I think everything posted made a ton of sense. However, what about this? what if you wrote a catchier post title? I am not suggesting your content isn't solid, but what if you added a title to maybe grab people's attention? I mean A "Whale of an Effort" to repair Whale 68's skull! - Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve (U.S. National Park Service) is kinda vanilla. You could look at Yahoo's home page and see how they create post headlines to grab people interested. You might try adding a video or a pic or two to grab people excited about everything've got to say. In my opinion, it could bring your posts a little bit more interesting. https://www.cds.caltech.edu/sae/index.php?title=How_Noticable_Penis_Bigger_Naturally_In_A_Manner_That_Does_Your_Penis_Grow

     
 
Leave this field empty
Required information

Post A Comment

Last updated: April 14, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826

Phone:

(907) 697-2230

Contact Us