We’re starting to wrap up now. The big job today was loading yesterday’s jacket onto the flatbed trailer I brought for transporting jackets. With the quarry still a muddy mess, just getting the trailer into position was a 45-minute adventure, and we still had to move the 400-lb jacket onto it. It took a good part of the morning but we successfully loaded jacket 3, and moved onto our final two jackets for this trip.
These two jackets apparently don’t contain bones from the main whale we’ve been working on, but rather a variety of ribs and vertebrae from other whales and fish. In the photo at the top a vertebra is visible at the lower right corner of the jacket, and two ribs can be seen cutting across the trench (those ribs will have to be broken when we flip the jacket).
We top-jacketed this and a smaller jacket a few feet away around lunchtime, and then covered the site with tarps to protect the jackets from yet another rainfall. The rain is supposed to stop before midnight, so tomorrow we’ll go back into the pit, flip the jackets, and close down the site.