This morning we visited the Bar Harbor Whale Museum, a small museum located in the town of Bar Harbor and operated by the College of the Atlantic. The centerpiece display is a skeleton of a subadult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae); at 29 feet in length, it’s still as long as an adult Eobalaenoptera. The skeleton was nicely mounted, and I was particularly impressed with the lower jaws:
They are correctly mounted for a closed mouth, with the dentaries rotated out along the long axis so that the curve of the dentary follows the curve of the maxilla in the upper jaw. The jaws are frequently mounted incorrectly (in fact, our Eobalaenoptera mount has them wrong, although I hope to get that corrected when we have funds to do so).
There were several other nicely mounted skeletons on exhibit. One near and dear to my heart was a pygmy sperm whale, Kogia breviceps (the first whale skeleton I ever reconstructed was a K. breviceps):