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This is @jmajiski, a biologist, artist, and wilderness guide. In her hand is the still-oily vertebrae of a Cuvier's beaked whale that died over 60 years ago.
Joyce is using this skeleton as a reference model to build a replica out of styrofoam. The styrofoam skeleton is meant to bring attention to how “we have lost sight of the need to reduce our consumption. The styrofoam and plastic speak to our throw-away society, the critical need to divert materials from the landfill,” says Joyce.
However, the work with the beaked whale is just a test run. Joyce has her sights on the skeleton of a humpback whale and plans on recreating it from ocean waste recovered by @theoceanlegacy. The humpback installation will be 30 feet long and hung at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse for three months opening in December 2020.
When I got to photograph Joyce for @natobserver, I was able to touch and hold the skeleton of the beaked whale. I was amazed at how oily the bones were decades after it died. Whales not only have large fats deposits in the form of blubber, but their bones contain large reserves of oil as well.
Cuvier's beaked whales hold the record for the deepest and longest dive of any mammal — 2,992m below the ocean surface and up to two hours and 17 minutes underwater.
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