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Big Blue Forever: The Story of Canada's Largest Blue Whale Skeleton.

Big Blue Forever: The Story of Canada's Largest Blue Whale Skeleton

Anita Miettunen, author

Red Deer Press

c/o Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited

195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario, Canada, L3R 4T8

9780889955424 $22.95

"Big Blue Forever" is the amazing story of the finding, burial and recovery of a large blue whale female body and skeleton on Prince Edward Island, Canada. This huge undertaking began when the dead blue whale washed ashore on P. E. I. in 1987. It was decided to bury the huge blue whale body in hope that its flesh and whale oil would decay and leave the bones for further examination, and eventual display. However, when Dr. Andrew Trites, marine mammal specialist at the University of British Columbia began seeking a large whale skeleton for the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum, he decided to try to dig up the blue whale carcass buried on P. E. I. The task required united efforts and cooperation between the UBC, the PEI government, and the Canadian Museum of Nature, and others. Also, Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust from Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of P.E.I. was to lead the field forensics in digging up the whale. Many obstacles were encountered and gradually resolved. The whale carcass and skeleton was found, but the flesh and blubber had not decayed enough. The stench was horrible. Some bones, such as the skull, were so large, they needed to be cut in half to be transported and cleaned. Missing bones were sought for and found eventually, with local assistance. Cleaning the skeleton was another huge challenge and undertaking. After over 2 years of hard teamwork, the skeleton of Big Blue was moved and installed at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver, B. C. on May 22, 2010. "Big Blue Forever" ends with brief bios of the key team members who cooperated in her skeleton's mounting and display. In addition there are ten pages of Essential Blue Whale Facts, followed by a list of more resources to learn more about blue whales. Stunning color photographs document every step of the project from start to finish, completing an excellent educational resource about the largest known living mammal.

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Publication:Children's Bookwatch
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Date:Mar 1, 2017
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