23 October 2012

My First Ever Whaling Museum

On our almost last day in Nantucket, Mom and I explored pretty much the only thing still open after the season closed - The Whaling Museum.  We sat through an hour documentary made by Ric Burns about Nantucket which was good but it took itself far too seriously. 

I just couldn't stop staring at the 46 foot skeleton of a Sperm Whale.

But I couldn't figure out how to get the entire skeleton in a photo.  It was just so incredible to look at and to imagine all of the flesh and fat that was once on that skeleton.  

I thought it was a lost cause so I focused on the mouth.  Apparently the whale died from an abscessed tooth which is on the upper left side of the mouth.

But they also had scary items in the museum like this doll that was supposed to be in the likeness of the Dauphin of France.

And items made from whale teeth and bones.

And then I found a balcony where I almost got all of the whale in the picture but not really.  It is kind of sad that it's right by all the instruments used to kill and skin a whale.

1 comment:

  1. I felt the same way the first time I saw a sperm whale skeleton last year. Incredible!