This past weekend, we worked with Vancouver Island University and many amazing volunteers to unearth, document and recover the bones of a 35 foot gray whale skeleton that beached in East Sooke Park and was subsequently buried nearby in 2010. The burial and recovery have been the result of an amazing collaboration between the Sc'ianew (Chenuh) First Nation, Fisheries and VIU's Centre for Shellfish Research in Deep Bay.
This exhumation was the first step in VIU's community-based Raise a Whale Project, which we are excited to have the honour of working on. It was an extremely successful recovery as we were able to find all the bones from both pelvics to the last caudal vertebrae, which was smaller than a golf ball.
Check out VIU's time lapse of the dig above and stay tuned for more on this project!