While I was away in the field, volunteer Ward Littlefield was working on the jacket containing ribs and vertebrae from the Carmel Church whale (collected in 2006 about 2 feet from where we were digging last week.)Ward has removed about half the remains from the jacket, and they’re now laid out for drying and gluing. In this photo there are parts of at least five vertebrae and ten ribs, plus a range of fish bones and sharks’ teeth. There are several ribs and vertebrae still in the jacket, and two additional jackets from this whale that have not yet been opened.
The yellow tags are labels so that we can keep track of where each bone was located in the jacket (which might be important in deciphering the burial history of the whale).