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Blue Whale Skeleton Returns

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- Blue Whale Reinstallation
 

  Blue Whale Skeleton Returns - Day 3

Today, Academy Studios worked on releasing the skull from the steel gantries, which were needed in order to work on the assembly of the vertebral column (a.k.a. the spine). Three of the four segments of the spine were assembled which allowed the team to attach the steel rib cage.

Also, earlier today, the second shipment of bones including the ribs, mandibles, limb bones, and a few other smaller bones were delivered. At this time, work on the mandibles and ribs is expected to begin on Monday, November 15. 

FREEING THE SKULL
MANDIBLES ARE DELIVERED
SCHOOL CHILDREN WATCH
WORK ON THE SPINE BEGINS 
2 OF 4 SPINE SEGMENTS ASSEMBLED
ONE LUMBAR VERTEBRA AND SOME DISCS 
ATTACHING THE VERTEBRA TO THE COLUMN

Fun Fact: A human lumbar vertebra is about 1.78 inches in diameter. Note that it takes two adults to carry one Blue Whale lumbar vertebra.

 
CHECKING THE LEVEL OF THE COLUMN
ATTACHING STEEL RIB CAGE
THE RIB  BONES WILL ATTACH TO THE CAGE

 

 

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