Nantucket Whaling Museum
A 46-foot-long, bull Sperm whale (Physter macrocephalus) died on the beach of Nantucket Island on January 1, 1998. In 2004 it was articulated and installed in the Nantucket Whaling Museum by Whales and Nails. Degreasing the skull required giving it a hot detergent bath in a custom tank 17 feet long. The dramatic posture of the skeleton curves with the undulating ceiling, plunging 20 feet in height to confront the viewer eye-level with the gape of its mouth and formidable teeth.
A 21-foot-long Killer whale (Orcinus orca), and a 24-foot-long Bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus), were taken from the attic of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, where they had been stored for over 80 years. The skeletons were cleaned, restored, re-posed, and installed in the lobby of Harvard’s new Northwest Lab building in Cambridge, MA.