Whale Bones!

Dan Sudran, Director of the Mission Science Workshop, has partnered with the California Academy of Sciences to salvage bones from the blue whale which washed up at Bean Hollow Beach outside Pescadero, CA, this fall.

These photos show the recent trip Dan took with friends and colleagues to get the mandible of the whale.  The lower mandible of a blue whale is the biggest bone in the world – literally.  These bones will be stored in Pescadero, where they will be available to the students of Pescadero Elementary for observation and study.

The students will enjoy a much greater degree of intimacy with these bones than would normally be available in a museum setting.  They will be able to touch, smell, and measure the bones – hands-on science in the tradition of the Community Science Workshop model of education.