The project of conserving the sceleton of the spermwhale is not finished yet, so new comments and pictures will follow.
A short resume of the facts:
11.02.2003 The crew of Color Viking is reporting a whalecadaver floating 3 nautic miles from Torbjørnskjær.
The responsibility for the cadaver lays with the City of Fredrikstad, and the dead whale is being transported to Slevik Harbour.
12.02. Kl. 4.30 I receive a SMS message from Ole Mofoss "22 feet long whale transported to Slevik Harbour yesterday evening - Aftenposten".
I contact Steinar Haugsten, who has the responsibility for incidents like this, the same day, and we make an agreement. To be able to keep the whalesceleton,
I`ll have to take care of the cleaning/parting.
13.02 Borg Habour authority is shipping the whalecadaver to Øra Dock.
The whole day I am hunting desperatly for friends who could assisst me, doing
this kind of work.
14.02 The cadaver is being moved upon a platform, and lifted upon a truck from Fa. Slettevold.
The 45 feet long and 28 ton heavy whale is being moved to Frevar. A bed of crust has been prepared there to prevent blood and oil from polluting the soil.
I meet up with representatives from Østfold Whalingclub (Erik Leister, Harald Storebaug, Gunnar Hagberg og Terje Haraldsen. Also three whaleentusiasts from Sandefjord have shown : Henrik Kulms, Bjarme Liverød og Knut Evensen
I receive valueable and helpful advices, and from this day on it is clear for me what lies ahead.
A giant truck from the habour authorities lifts the platform with the whale from the truck, to prevent the sceleton from eventually being damaged from a high fall.
In front of a big crowd of journalists, the cadaver is opened to release gaspressure. The work has started!
From now on pictures have to tell the story, but comments will follow!