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Cuvier’s beaked whale from stranding to skeletal display

Cuvier’s beaked whale from stranding to skeletal display

By Keith Rittmaster — September 2, 2022On 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,...

Bonehenge featured by PBS North Carolina

Bonehenge featured by PBS North Carolina

PBS North Carolina introduces Bonehenge Whale CenterAward-winning producer and reporter Frank Graff recently published an article about Bonehenge on the PBS North Carolina website. In his words, "It could be the coolest place you’ve never heard about."

Bottlenose dolphins tossing jellyfish! But why?

Bottlenose dolphins tossing jellyfish! But why?

Apparently, bottlenose dolphins enjoy batting jellyfish around. Keith Rittmaster captured some great shots of the action near Shackleford Banks and the News and Observer's Mitchell Willetts wrote an article about it in December 2020.

Rice’s Whale – A newly named species

Rice’s Whale – A newly named species

There’s a newly named species of whale that you won’t find on any posters or in any books… yet. It’s Rice’s whale, endemic to US waters and highly endangered. The entire 37' skeleton of the specimen (adult male) representing this new species was brought to the...

Music Whale – A Musician and His Whale Skeleton

Music Whale – A Musician and His Whale Skeleton

While jogging on a Wellfleet, Massachusetts beach after work one day in 1971, a young music teacher stumbled upon the partially buried skeletal remains of a long-finned pilot whale.   He collected all the bones and discovered that the bones, played like a xylophone,...

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