Pictures: Whale Bone Memorials, by Nature and Humans
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.
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