For the next month the Natural History Exhibit here at PTMSC will be turned into an orca-articulation-workshop!
Work assembling the skeleton of killer whale, Hope, does not officially begin until next week, but already a lot of exciting things are happening. Robert Schlader and Nick Clement, research associates at Idaho State Universtiy, have been taking digital scans of all 153 bones. The resulting images will be used on a research website and will also be available on PTMSC's website.
Check out the video below to catch a glimpse of the scanning process.
Lee Post, "The Boneman", arrived yesterday from Homer, Alaska and will be leading the articulation process. Lee has assembled all sorts of specimens from a bat to a gray whale. This will be the second orca Lee has articulated. The first time was much more rushed. He is looking forward to taking more time to assemble this skeleton.
Find out how Lee became interested in assembling skeletons in the video below.
Stay tuned for weekly updates on the articulation process and if you are new to this project, learn more here.
Looking forward to the next step,
Orca Project Coordinator