The Bones Project

On Day 3 of my 2008 Orca trip, we visited a very interesting place, the Johnstone Strait Killer Whale Interpretive Center, located in Telegraph Cove, BC. There were lots of interesting and education displays inside the museum, including several skeletons of Orcas and other marine mammals. As you enter Telegraph Cove, this is the beautiful sight:

Entering Telegraph Cove, BC

After disembarking Delphinus, we climbed some stairs and made our way to the museum, appropriately nicknamed “The Bones Project”:

Exterior of the Museum

Once inside, the first thing that caught my eye was the adult Orca skeleton that hung from overhead:

Adult Orca "Killer" whale skeleton

Compared to the visitors, this skeleton looked gigantic! In reality, it wasn’t quite as large as this image suggests, but it was still very, very large!

Another hanging skeleton was that of “Stubby”, a local Orca that was found dead at 5 years old:

Young Orca skeleton

Kinda resembles a dinosaur, doesn’t it?!

I’ll feature some other exhibits in another post. and when we walked out the door, we could tell the locals take their Orcas seriously!

Orca planter

Photography Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28mm-135mm IS lens
  • Handheld
  • Various Aperture and Shutter settings, based on the lighting (all images were natural lighting … no flash)





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