You don’t need a particular expertise to join our team, just an inquisitive mind, a love of bones, a penchant for puzzles, and a collaborative spirit.
Fort Bragg, California (PRWEB)
July 17, 2017
Noyo Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg, California is launching an ambitious new program as part of their Orca Project this summer. Dubbed “A Killer Experience on the Mendocino Coast”, the Orca Articulation Workshop is slated for July 17-August 12 with a wide variety of options for participants aged fifteen and older. A mixture of art, science and engineering, workshop attendees will work with three master articulators to re-assemble a 26-ft Orca skeleton, bone by bone.
The Fort Bragg Orca was found on the beach at MacKerricher State Park, just north of the city in April 2015. Orca beach stranding is rare, with fewer than 30 skeletons on display worldwide. When complete, the Fort Bragg Orca will be the largest Orca skeleton on display in North America and second largest in the world.
Researchers from The Marine Mammal Center, California Academy of Sciences, Humboldt State University, and College of the Redwoods determined that the stranded Orca drowned from having been entangled in the fishing line from a crab pot. Jeffrey Jacobsen, a biology instructor at Humboldt State University, helped to orchestrate the salvaging and storing of the bones. The Noyo Center for Marine Science decided to make the tragic loss a part of their educational mission to find solutions and explore how to live in a sustainable way for all life on the Mendocino coast.
Three master articulators, Lee Post, Mike deRoos and Michi Main will lead workshop participants through the process of articulating the skeleton bone by bone. As the group builds the skeleton, they will learn about whale anatomy, habitats, communities, ecosystems, and conservation strategies.
“You don’t need a particular expertise to join our team, just an inquisitive mind, a love of bones, a penchant for puzzles, and a collaborative spirit”.
Many activities are scheduled during the summer, including Science Fridays every Friday from 6:00-7:30 PM. The public is invited to drop in for informal science talks beginning Friday, July 21 with an evening featuring the three distinguished…