Orca Project

In 2015, an adult male Orca washed ashore on the Mendocino Coast tangled in crab pot line. He was identified as an Alaskan transient. The Noyo Center for Marine Science, in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences, collected and prepared the bones.

With the leadership from three master articulators and the help of a score of students, interns, participants, staff and volunteers, the Noyo Center team was lead through the exciting process of articulating the skeleton in a way that reflects this magnificent mammal’s power and beauty.

The fully articulated Orca is on temporary exhibit at the C.V. Starr Community and Aquatic Center in Fort Bragg, CA located at 300 S. Lincoln Street.

We will be updating this page soon with a photo gallery of the workshop from start to finish. Here’s a start!



Michi Main
Mike de Roos

MIKE DE ROOS & MICHI MAIN: Cetacea, Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada

As the dynamic team behind the remarkable lunge-feeding blue whale skeleton at University of British Columbia, Mike and Michi have elevated the science of marine skeleton articulation to an art form. Each project features an elegant pose and captivates the imagination of the visitor. Check out their Killer Whale at UBC.

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Lee Post

LEE POST: Homer, Alaska

Better known as the “Boneman,” Lee literally wrote the book on marine mammal skeleton articulation when none existed! Having worked with large museums as well as small marine centers, Lee never fails to deliver a great experience. Check out his team building a Killer Whale in front of the public at the California Academy of Sciences, or raising HOPE in Port Townsend, WA. We will be using Lee’s manual at the workshop.

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