Recovering the bones from a live-stranded neonate blue whale in Mexico

In January, 2022, on a remote beach in Sinaloa, Mexico, artisanal fishers found a live-stranded 31’ neonate blue whale. It died on the beach.

Keith Rittmaster of the Bonehenge Whale Center and the NC Maritime Museum was asked to lead a collaborative and diverse team in recovering the skeletal remains for study and possible display, which he gladly did.

“In the face of many logistical challenges, I felt privileged to work with such a bright, dedicated, talented, and hardworking team,” said Rittmaster of his experience in Sinaloa. “They made me feel appreciated.”

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