|Cindy (my lovely boss) adds hydrogen peroxide to the pot|
These bones are of a baby Orca--but they head is on display in the museum already. What had happened is that the bones had been stripped of flesh, but had then been put away and forgotten--for twenty years!
They were finally rediscovered a couple of years ago, but by that point, they had acquired quite a nasty case of mildew. In order to fix this, first we had to find a stretch of good weather, a bunch of people willing, and free time. This is one of the busiest seasons so, as you can expect, having this day was quite a fortune!
|After being boiled, the bones are given a rinse in two separate buckets of water and then gently brushed.|
|And then they are dried|
|The new intern, Michael, was crucial to the bone-dipping process|
|See the difference? The top of the bone has not been dipped yet--the bottom has just come out!|