Killer Whale Articulation Project BLOG

Piecing together the skeleton of a killer whale.

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Follow along as Glacier Bay collaborates with well known Alaska Articulation Specialist, Lee Post, to articulate a rare killer whale calf skeleton.

Killer Whale Articulation Begins

September 23, 2013 Posted by: K. VandenBerg

On August 26, 2005 a juvenile, female killer whale (11ft. 8in.) stranded and died on Young Island in lower Glacier Bay. The necropsy revealed probable cause of death to be a large fish hook embedded in the whale's esophagus. Between 2005 and 2006, the Park collected and cleaned the entire skeleton in preparation for future articulation.

Killer whale articulation project

This project is a collaboration between Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Geographic, the Gustavus Community Library, Gustavus School, bone specialist Lee Post, and many Gustavus community volunteers.


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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