Cuvier’s beaked whale from stranding to skeletal display

By Keith Rittmaster — September 2, 2022

On June 19, 2017, a fresh dead adult female Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) carcass came ashore at Fort Macon State Park on Bogue Banks, North Carolina. Five years later after a 2-year burial, bone repairs, cleaning, sealing, and skeletal rearticulation, we are completing the skeletal display of that whale. View the photos below to learn about the process.

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