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Coastal science and societies

Where Dead Whales Go to Live

Take a peek behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Institution’s marine mammal warehouses.

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Directed by Adrienne Mason
Produced by Gord More

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Seeing the massive skeleton of a whale in a museum gallery is the last step in a long journey from living animal to educational specimen. Where do the bones come from and how are they collected and prepared? This video takes you behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, for an insider’s look at one of the world’s largest collections of marine mammal bones and fossils.