Build-a-Whale @ Brentwood
If you ever get a chance to stroll past the atrium in the main floor of the Ross Building, a huge creature is awaiting to surprise you. A full killer whale skeleton is on display for everyone to see. Lent to the school by Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society strawberryisle.org the offshore orca holds many learning opportunities for students and teachers alike.
The whale was found washed ashore on the coast of Tofino in 1997, and after two years of extraction and restoration, the full skeleton has been travelling around BC for people to admire and learn from. The 18 foot long skeleton can be taken apart and put together quite easily, a great opportunity for hands-on learning.
Not only will Brentwood’s biology classes be able to able to utilize the skeleton, elementary school classes from around the community will be coming to get taught about whales and try to put the skeleton together!
The whale will be at Brentwood until the end of the month, so if you’re ever in the Ross, head to the atrium to see a pretty amazing artifact!
Gina B, Mackenzie ‘17