[MARMAM] Orca Bone Atlas Now On Web

Libby Palmer libbypalmer2 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 12:58:01 PDT 2012

*Orca Bone Atlas Now on the Web*


For the very first time, scanned digital images of the bones and skeleton
of an orca can be examined on the web at http://www.ptmsc.org/boneatlas/
A collaboration between the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, NOAA and
the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory at the Idaho Museum of Natural History
resulted in the development of this free online research and education tool.

In January 2002, a 46-year old female transient orca stranded and died on
the north shore of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  She was
identified as CA189, later re-named Hope by local students.  The necropsy,
skull CT scan and subsequent lab analysis of her tissue raised serious
questions about the cause of her death.  As a result, CA189 has become one
of the most studied orcas in the years since her death.   Visit
http://www.ptmsc.org/orca_project.html  for more information on the
stranding and subsequent findings.

The Orca Bone Atlas is designed for students and teachers, researchers,
archaeologists and marine mammal protection agencies.  Viewers can examine
any bone’s surface details, rotate and change its scale, modify its surface
shading, accurately measure any dimensions of the bone and compare the bone
with those of other marine mammals via an allied site - the Virtual
Zooarchaeology of the Arctic Project

 http://vzap.iri.isu.edu/ViewPage.aspx?id=230 title=

Funding for the Bone Atlas was generously provided by the Institute of
Museum and Library Sciences and by the Norcliffe Foundation.

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For more information, contact:

Libby Palmer

Orca Project Manager

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

532 Battery Way

Port Townsend, WA 98368

libbypalmer2 at gmail.com
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