The Life of a Museum Biologist

I have been working in natural history museums and going into the field for over 16 years as a biologist. I have tracked ringed seals on the North Slope of Alaska. I have looked under rocks in Madagascar for tenrec poop. I have rafted the Kongakut River in northern Alaskan to help define the eastern range of the Alaskan marmot. This week, I assisted in sling loading a whale skull, mandible, and random large parts off a beach to our trailer and truck. There are not enough eager biologists or volunteers in the world that would be willing or able to carry a thousand pound skull up the extremely steep bluff. Smaller parts like the vertebrae were carried out. In fact, two years prior I helped remove two belugas off the beach there but we carried the parts one by one up the bluff. I was sore for days. This method was so much cooler and easier.

Great way to escape the realities of life. Great reminder why being a biologist in a natural history museum is a pretty neat gig.

Cutting and removing the bones from the whale slime to get it ready for flight.
A whale skull in flight.
Skull loaded on the trailer and ready to head to the museum where it will be made available for both scientific research and public education.

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