Hah! Just a curiousity, a whale vertebrae 250 miles inland. What will paleontologists think one day when they find this. Best guess is that this came from family or friends in Barrow along with a food package--sharing maqtaq for caribou?
What an amazing experience watching these two behemoths right off the beach! My lifer right whales. A third individual later breached only ~150 m away!
Southern right whale in auckland Harbour
One individual moving slowly SW about 100 meters off the coast near Cape Saunders. Easily seen from shore.
DOC confirmed ID from pectoral fins and behavior. The whale hung around for over 20 minutes a few hundred metres offshore.
Balaenidae /bəˈliːnɨdiː/ is a family of whales of the suborder mysticete that contains two living genera. Historically, it is known as the right whale family, as it was thought to contain only species of right whales. Through most of the 20th Century, however, that became a much-debated (and unresolved) topic amongst the scientific community. Finally, in the early 2000s, science reached a definitive conclusion: the bowhead whale, once commonly known as the Greenland right whale, was...