It was a smelly course of, however scientists and a few dozen volunteers have dug up a gray whale buried at a Vancouver Island landfill and are calling the venture a hit.
Gavin Hanke, the curator of vertebrate zoology on the Royal B.C. Museum, says he is by no means exhumed a whale from a dump, however its bones are in wonderful form for scientists to review.
Hanke says the physique of the younger feminine gray whale washed up on Wickaninnish Seaside close to Tofino, B.C., greater than three years in the past, and museum officers have been pressured to determine whether or not to haul it out to sea or bury it on the close by dump and save the skeleton.
He says the choice to avoid wasting the whale’s bones means scientists can study a lately deceased marine mammal for indicators of its well being in occasions of local weather change.
It isn’t the primary time a beached whale has been buried and later exhumed so the skeleton may be preserved and placed on show.
In 2010, UBC put a blue whale skeleton on show on the Beaty Biodiversity Museum after it was dug up on Prince Edward Island.