Sperm whale skeleton preparation

Sperm whale skeleton preparation

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) skeleton preparation. Conservator Abdi Hedayat from the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen inspects a sperm whale flipper while holding its shoulder bone. These bones came from a whale first found stranded on Henne Strand, Jutland, Denmark. It measured 14 meters in length and weighed an estimated 30 tonnes. Whale flippers have bones that are homologous to a human arm and hand. The skeleton, which includes around 150 bones plus a huge skull will be assembled for public display at the Museum.

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