North Atlantic Right Whale Unloading

Photo: James Di Loreto, Smithsonian
December 16, 2013
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North Atlantic Right Whale Unloading
Photo: James Di Loreto, Smithsonian

Smithsonian biologist Charley Potter and scientist Michael Moore prepare to unload the museum’s first complete North Atlantic Right Whale skeleton into the National Museum of Natural History’s Museum Support Center in Suitland, Md. Forensic analyses of the bones and DNA testing of tissues revealed the whale’s cause of death and identity.