We’re still working on the unidentified baleen whale from Carmel Church, which was first opened last March. The image above shows the second of four jackets that contain this skeleton.
The front of the whale is toward the top of the image, and you’re seeing it from the bottom (the whale was belly-up on the seafloor), so the left side of the picture is the right side of the whale. You can see the ribs arranged on each side, and eight vertebrae (the circular objects) going down the middle.
This is an unusual type of preservation, in which the bone are in the correct general regions of the body (left, middle, and right), but are jumbled within those areas. In contrast, we typically either get articulated skeletons (with the bones pretty much in life position), or associated disarticulated skeletons, in which most of the bones are there, but they’re completely disorganized.
Bronwyn and Whitney, who have been working on this jacket for several months, completed their internships last week, after four months of excellent work. They finished up by “vandalizing” the lab whiteboard: