CAPTION: The bones of a 10-metre grey whale exhumed from landfill on Vancouver Island will become part of the Royal B.C. Museum’s research collection.
Marine biologist Josh McInnes says the specimen can give insights into the whale’s ecology.
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SOUNDBITE: Gavin Hanke, Royal B.C. Museum curator of vertebrate zoology 2.
SOUNDBITE: Josh McInnes, University of Victoria marine biologist PLACELINE: Ucluelet, British Columbia CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: They arrived at the dump ready to dig up a grey whale's grave, carrying shovels, rakes, brushes and small garden tools, hoping Mother Nature had done her work of cleaning the bones and deodorizing the carcass after more than three years in the dirt.
A landfill on the West Coast of Vancouver Island was the site of a unique event where scientists and about a dozen volunteers exhumed a buried whale.
When the body of a young, 10-metre long female grey whale washed up on Wickaninnish Beach at British Columbia's Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on April 20, 2015, officials had to act quickly: haul the marine mammal out to sea or save the skeleton by burying it at the local dump.