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Humpback Whale Skeleton Arrives

Written by Keith_Rittmaster. Posted in Uncategorized

Tomorrow we will receive the skeleton of ‘Pittfall’, a 37 foot female humpback whale who beached at Duxbury, MA 2001.She was 3 years old and would have weighted 25 tons.She was a whale known to the researchers in that area. She died from a ship strike – her rostrum was sheared off at the cranium and other bones were also broken.

We have made space and are excited to welcome her. She is being driven down from Maine.The bones are clean, organized and well prepared. At this point we don’t know if we are just storing them for 6 months or if we will articulate the skeleton ourselves (after we finish the sperm whale skeleton).Tomorrow we should know more and I will add an update. 

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  • Cape Lookout Studies Program » Whale of a move

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    […] Click here for another post from Pitfall’s arrival at CLSP. Click here for The Whale Center of New England’s story about Pitfall and ship strikes. [PDF] Click here to download a pdf of an article from The Duxbury Clipper, October 10, 2001 edition, about Pitfall’s stranding. […]

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