An Exhibition Concerning the Life and Death of the Blue Whale
How to plastinate the heart of a leviathan:
Seven hundred gallons of formaldehyde
One wet organ, triple wrapped
Thousands of packing peanuts
A whale can never be weighed whole
It must be sliced into blocks
0.5 metres across.
There is some uncertainty regarding
the biggest blue whale ever found
The standard technique is to measure
in a straight line from the upper jaw
to the notch in the tail flukes.
The edges of the tail flukes are cut off.
The lower jaw falls open in death,
creating further disturbance.
Mating habits and breeding grounds
remain shrouded in secrecy.
Though we suspect
birth takes place
near the equator.
Classified as a marine mammal belonging
to the baleen whale parvorder, Mysticeti
From Latin cetus and Greek ketos
Large fish or sea monster
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