|The rostrum from a bowhead whale,
this piece of bone extends from the top-front of the
skull with great plates of baleen (whale bone) hanging
from either side making up two sides of a triangle.
The rostrums are always found detached from the rest
of the skull indicating perhaps that they were cut off
for ease of processing. This piece is about 3-4m long.
the holes in the bone are where major blood vessels
and/or nerves passed through to supply the skin and
A large open bay to the south of the Hornsund fjord,
Gåshamna is the site of whaling activity from
the 1600 to 1700's. In these times bowhead and right
whales were the target species as they were slow swimming
and relatively easy to catch, they yielded large quantities
of oil and of whale bone (baleen). The faster swimming
rorquals such as blue, fin and minke whales wouldn't
be in the whalers sights for another two hundred years.
These remains are left behind by English whalers of
76° 56.7' N, 15°
copyright Paul Ward