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Noyo Center for Marine Science's Orca Articulation Project: A killer Experience on the Mendocino Coast
July 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 12, 2017
Join the Noyo Center’s month-long Orca Articulation Workshop, and help them re-assemble a 26-ft Orca skeleton, bone by bone. Mixing art, science and engineering, everyone involved will get a rare and intimate look into the life of a killer whale.
In 2015, an adult male Orca washed ashore on the Mendocino Coast tangled in crab pot line. He was identified as an Alaskan transient. The Noyo Center for Marine Science, in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences, collected and prepared the bones.
Now, three master articulators will lead us through the exciting process of articulating the skeleton in a way that reflects this magnificent mammal’s power and beauty. Throughout the workshop, as we build the whale, we will dive deep into killer whale anatomy, habitats and communities, ecosystems and food chains, human interactions and conservation strategies. You don’t need a particular expertise to join our team, just an inquisitive mind, a love of bones, a penchant for puzzles, and a collaborative spirit.
Still not sure? Noyo Center for Marine Science has more! They want you to fall in love with the Noyo Center and our stretch of the Mendocino Coast, so we will also offer a range of additional activities, including whale watching trips, kayak adventures, nature photography classes, scientific illustration instruction, scientific lectures and more. It will be a true Orca summer.