Whale 68: Humpback a valuable research subject in life and after death
Photos Courtesy National Park Service
After an adult female humpback was found floating dead following a collision with a large ship in 2001, the carcass was towed to Point Gustavus. Shown here is the carcass and skull on the beach, where it was left for 18 months. Glacier Bay National Park staff hoped that all the flesh would fall off the bones naturally, but after a year and a half on the beach, other cleaning methods were still required.
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