Whidbey Island Supports Whale Research

A component of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s environmental policies — along with some shoreline-friendly topography — allows Washington State to use a remote portion of the base to conduct necropsies and remove dead whale skeletons, which enhances scientific research, and in a recent case, add to the body of knowledge at the Smithsonian Institution.

Read the full story and see more photos at http://smithsonianscience.org/2013/05/gray-whale-specimen-a-major-addition-to-natural-history-museum-collection/

20130509-111941.jpgFrom the Smithsonian story: Volunteers make a first cut through the blubber of a whale at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (Photo by M.J. Adams)

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