By Rachael Risby Raz | International relations manager
In a joint project of the Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium and the Israel Marine Mammal Research Assistance Center (IMMRAC), the skeleton of one of the largest whales (17 meters/56 feet) to be washed ashore in Israel was excavated from the Nitzanim sand dunes last month.
The whale skeleton had been buried in the dunes as part of the preservation process following its arrival at the beach. In coordination and cooperation with INPA, the operation of uncovering the bones began with teams participating from the Biblical Zoo, the Israel Aquarium, and volunteers from IMMRAC.
At the end of two days of hard, back-breaking labor, the entire skeleton of the whale was revealed in all its glory. The bones were carefully packed and labeled and then transferred to the Aquarium where they will undergo cleaning and preservation processes, which are expected to take about a year.
At the end of the treatment of the bones and reconstruction of the skeleton, the whale will be displayed in a unique permanent exhibit that will allow visitors the opportunity to observe this huge marine mammal up close and gain a deeper understanding of the marine environment in our region.
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