Skinning of whale starts at Mile 4
30 Nov 2017 19:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 30 NOV (NAMPA) - The process of preserving the skeleton of the Brydes Whale which washed up dead at Mile 4 in Swakopmund last week, started on Thursday.
It commenced with the removal of the meat from the skeleton.
The whale is about 15 metres in length and weigh between 16 and 17 tonnes.
Officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, together with some members of the Namibian Dolphin Project, started the skinning, which is expected to take more than two days.
The rotten meat will be buried and the bones will be preserved as it is the only full skeleton of that specie of whale available in the whole world.
This is a rare species, which normally live in deep waters.
Director of the Namibian Dolphin Project Simon Elwen said they are planning to keep the skeleton at the National Museum of Namibia in the capital.
However, they still need to speak to the museum regarding the matter, adding that if it cannot be taken to Windhoek then it will be in the Swakopmund Museum.
It is nice to have the bones on display so that people can take photos and also for research purposes, Elwen said via phone from South Africa.