On the Cover
January / February 2006
Photo by Carl D. Walsh
Using expanding foam and sculptable
epoxy, Chris Tremblay and Troy Thibodeau, working under the direction of
University of Maine graduate student and cetacean expert Daniel DenDanto,
reconstruct the pectoral flippers of a 46-foot sperm whale.
DenDanto, an authority on fin whales
and a national expert on marine mammal skeletal articulation, cleaned,
preserved and reconstructed the skeleton for display in the Nantucket
Whaling Museum. Nantucket's sperm whale is in a diving posture that
engages viewers, inviting them to examine the natural sculpture from
every angle. "My hope is that people take more away about the life of
the whale than about its death," DenDanto says.