Pictures: Whale Bone Memorials, by Nature and Humans

(Photo by Andrew Howley)
The upper part of a sperm whale skull lies on a beach among dozens of other bones from a group that stranded long ago. (Photo by Andrew Howley)

In front of Christ Church Cathedral in the town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), stands a four-branched arch made of the lower jaws of two blue whales. It stands as an adornment for the church, a local curiosity and landmark, a memorial to the whaling communities of the past, and a commemoration of the 1933 centennial of British administration of the islands. To the eyes of the researchers attending the Falkland Islands Science Symposium this week, it is also as reminder of the lingering mystery and shocking vulnerability of even the largest animals in the world.

Echoing the arches of the cathedral behind, the nearly hundred-year-old whale bone arch stands as a local landmark and reminder of the whaling activity of the past. (Photo by Andrew Howley)

A few blocks up the hill from the arch, reassembled bones and skeletons of sperm whales and other whales are displayed by a local metal worker who campaigned to end whaling in the islands, in part through the creation and display of —> Read More Here


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