Food For Thought: Methods & Discoveries in the Articulation of Large Whale Skeletons for Exhibitions

Since 1991, Dan DenDanto has worked professionally with marine mammal stranding response networks to promote the acquisition of marine mammal specimens for research, scientific and educational collections. Since 1993, Dan has operated Whales and Nails, which conducts exhibit design and fabrication specializing on the re-articulation of large marine mammal skeletons for museums and educational institutions.

Dan DenDanto has participated in Allied Whale research projects since 1989. He currently directs The North Atlantic Fin Whale Catalogue while pursuing studies in fin whale population genetics and demographic ecology. Dan’s research focuses on life history data, including photographic-identification, genetic, and sightings information to investigate interactions between individual fin whales in the Northern Gulf of Maine. He has been authorized as a co-investigator on several NOAA Fisheries research permits.   He has served as an administrator of the EMC Blair Marine Research Station at Mount Desert Rock where he currently serves as its Station Manager.

Dan has been contracted to assist in filming ocean documentaries and has been affiliated with award winning productions such as the BBC’s “Blue Planet” series, I-max – Living Seas and Maine and New Hampshire Public Broadcasting programming. Dan has worked as a forensic analyst of the University of Maine Molecular Forensic Laboratory for Wildlife utilizing DNA sciences to investigate criminal wildlife cases from across the North East United States.


The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation among all audiences.

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