Bringing a grey whale back to life, or at least its skeleton, is a new project being launched by VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Manager Brian Kingzett says a ten meter grey whale washed up on the beach in Sooke four years ago. Working with DFO and the Scia’new Nation, they buried the 20 tonne whale. Now Kingzett says they want to dig up the bones to create very a unique feature piece.
Kingzett says it will offer a great educational opportunity, by allowing visitors to get up close to the whale skeleton and even touch parts of it.
But first, Kingzett says they need to raise the money and they’re doing it in a very creative way. They’re encouraging people to adopt one the 145 bones and, in a way, help to bring the whale back to life. They hope to raise the money in the next month so they can exhume the bones in April and have the project finished by next spring at the latest. Check out their website for more details.