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Esqueleto de un rorcual tropical

Skeleton of a Bryde's Whale

Natural Object
2014

Arrecife /  Esqueleto de un rorcual tropical   Arrecife /  Esqueleto de un rorcual tropical

Description

Natural skeleton of a young female Bryde's whale, being 11 meters/36 feet long and weighing around 8,000 kg/17,500 lbs, that stranded oin Tenerife in 1995.

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Este esqueleto pertenece a una hembra juvenil de 11 metros de longitud y unos 8.000 kilos de peso. Forma parte de las colecciones osteológicas de la Sociedad para el Estudio de los Cetáceos en el Archipiélago Canario (SECAC) con sede en Lanzarote y proviene de un caso de varamiento ocurrido en 1995 en la Isla de Tenerife. Estas colecciones son de propiedad pública y la SECAC es depositarla de este bien común.
El rorcual tropical (Balaenoptero edeni) se distribuye en aguas cálidas y tropicales. Se avista con frecuencia en Lanzarote. Canarias es el único lugar de España donde se puede observar esta ballena. La especie puede llegar a alcanzar hasta 13 metros de longitud y un peso superior a las 10 toneladas.
El rorcual tropical es una especie migratoria que se encuentra protegido por la normativa internacional y de la Unión Europea.
Este esqueleto se expone para generar espacios de sensibilización ambiental ante la conservación de la biodivesidad marina.

This whale skeleton belongs to a young female of 11 m long and 8.000 kg weight stranded in the island of Tenerife in 1995. This specimen is part of the scientific collections of the SECAC (Society for the Study of the Cetaceans in the Canary archipelago) based in Lanzarote. These collectlons are public property and the SECAC is the holder of this common interest.
The Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) are distributed in tropical and warm waters around the world. Little is known about the polulation(s) in the Atlantic. Sightings of this species are common in Lanzarote waters, being the Canary Islands the unique place in spanish waters where it is possible to observe this whalebone whale. This species can reach up to 13 m. long and can weight up to 10 tons.
This rorqual is a species migratory strict protected under the international laws and the E.U. Nature protection laws.
This specimen has been displayed to generate environmental awareness areas for the conservation of marine biodiversity.

Fuerteventura: La Senda de los Cetáceos - The Cetacean Pathway

The Cetacean Pathway is an open air museum that aims to exhibit unique elements of nature in public spaces at the coast of Fuerteventura. The true sculptures of nature have been restored to create environmental awareness areas towards marine conservation. The collaboration of biologists and other professionals of diverse occupations with the government's support have made it possible for an event like a whale stranding to be not only a basic source of scientific information but also expositive and environmental awareness resources. It offers the project's scientists the opportunity to study the bone structure of these big marine mammals and for the artists the challenge to integrate nature, art and landscape.

There are six of these skeletons along the coast:

  1. Salinas del Carmen, 2003.
  2. Morro Jable, 2006.
  3. Puerto del Rosario, 2013.
  4. Gran Tarajal, 2015.
  5. Isla de Lobos, 2015 (inside a building)
  6. El Cotillo, 2015 (not visited by us)

    Also on Lanzarote is a similar skeleton:

  7. Arrecife, 2014.
Source & Information: Fuerteventura: La Senda de los Cetáceos.

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Location (N 28°57'43" - W 13°32'55")

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