First, at today’s marine biology day, Arjan Gittenberger brought us to a fence near the museum buildings.
First, it had beached in France. Then, the currents had carried the dead whale further north.
When a dead whale beaches, Gittenberger said, it takes a long time before its meat etc. is stripped off, and even then the bones still stink for quite some time.
Sometimes, more than just the skeleton is conserved, eg, in order to find out what the whales eat.
Behind the whale skull was an 8 meter long tank, filled with formalin.
It was to conserve other marine animals: big ones, though not as big as the whale.
The tank included a basking shark.
Three meters long, so a young shark, as adults grow much bigger.
Maybe it had beached after a collision with a ship.
There was also a European Atlantic sturgeon.
Maybe, an escapee from a hatchery which went bankrupt, after which the fish were released?
Then, a leatherback turtle.
One big fish in this tank was not from the sea, but from fresh water in the eastern Netherlands: a wels catfish.
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