Moving gray whale skeleton into Homer museum a community effort

Pratt Museum photo

The 38-foot gray whale turned up dead in Halibut Cove in 1999. Last week, its enormous bleached-white skeleton was moved into Homer's Pratt Museum for a new exhibit. The intervening years provided lessons in how to deconstruct a dead whale, get its flesh decomposed and put the skeleton back together, reports the Homer Tribune. 

Lee Post, the foremost authority on whale articulation in the state, ... will spend the next few weeks achieving a sense of closure. He will be putting the skeleton whole, then “riggers” will come in and rig it to the ceiling.

... Post has been with this whale the whole way, clear back to its death in 1999. It is one of several whales he has worked on in the past 30 years, a process of learning the techniques for decomposing flesh to get at bones, then preserving bones and placing them back together again. There weren’t any experts to ask, so Lee became the bone expert himself, and created the manual for others to follow.

Read more at the Homer Tribune: Whale of a time