Sky whale skeletons part II

Part II of the sky whale mini series features a 19 m long fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) skeleton which is situated south of the airport of Salinas del Carmen at Fuerteventura.

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Fin whale (Baleanoptera physalis) skeleton near Salinas del Carmen, Fuerteventura

As you can see the skeleton, as well as those of the other whales, has an additional artifical fluke.

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If you look at the ribcage, keep in mind that the expandable pouch fully extends the length of the ribs up to the abdominal area. That´s just incredibly odd. Try to imaginre your floor of mouth could expand as a huge baloon-like structure down to your navel. It´s just crazy.

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A rare view of the skull and neck area. You can see the foraminae on the base of the jaw and the giant atlas vertebra.

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And another one photo:

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