Sperm whale skeleton assembly

Sperm whale skeleton assembly

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) skeleton assembly. Conservator from the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen looking through a hole that was drilled through the middle of a whale's caudal bone. The hole allows the bone to be hung from a metal frame. The 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. The carcass was dissected and the bones cleaned under a lengthy process. The 150 or so bones that make up the sperm whale skeleton will be re-assembled onto a permanent structure for public display at the Museum.

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