And you thought picking up your kids’ puzzles was a pain!
If you didn’t see this article in The News Tribune, you might have missed the progress report on the cleaning of the gray whale skeleton. The young whale beached itself and died of unknown disease in April 2010. Since then, Russ Higley, a marine biologist and instructor at Highline Community College, and a team of volunteers have worked to clean and preserve the giant skeleton.
It’s currently being cleaned and assembled in an empty gallery space on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma. Eventually it will go to the Foss Waterway Seaport before making its way to its permanent home at HC Mast at Redondo.
I asked Russ if anyone could go and check it out and this is what he said over on the HC Mast Facebook page:
For approximately the next week, the whale is being worked on at 311 Puyallup Ave. Although not generally staffed, the space is very visible from the street due to large windows.
He also added, We’ll be working on the whale on Friday morning between 10 and noon if you’d like to stop by. Dress appropriately and maybe we’ll let you help. Also looks like there maybe two different tv crews down there at the same time (KOMO and TVTacoma).
So, I guess you’ll have to decide whether you want to try to dress to help with a whale or get on T.V. I have a feeling they aren’t going to want kids helping with the skeleton-I can just imagine how much “help,” Henry would be-so don’t over promise. Just tell your kiddos you’re going to try and get a look at a real-life whale skeleton. Pretty darn cool, if you think about it!
I’ve written quite a bit about both HC Mast at Redondo which has free touch tanks open to the public every Saturday and the Foss Waterway Seaport. Both are terrific, affordable places full of hands on learning. Once upon a time, the Sounds Fun Dad took scuba diving classes at Mast, so it has a special place in our hearts.
Photo Credit And, yeah, I know this is a living whale, and it’s not the right kind. I don’t have any whale skeleton photos handy.