The skull of the Fin Whale displayed on the quayside at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, is fascinating not only because of its enormous size, and its association with whaling in past times, but also because of the intriguing bone textures. Although much of the skull was composed of smooth hard compact bone, other areas were more sponge-like. Some places had a lace-like pattern and others looked like puffed wheat. Images 1 – 6 show the bone textures in close up – intricate matrix-like constructions with numerous trabeculae and struts. Images 7 – 10 show the skull from the wider perspective and in context where it is exhibited.
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