JIGSAW

Driggsby the Whale.

A whale skeleton that was discovered washed up on Drigg beach in Cumbria went on display as Driggsby.

The 12-metre (40 ft) long Fin Whale is in position in the foyer of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

Discovered at Drigg Point, near Ravenglass, on the West Cumbrian coast by a dog walker in February 2014, it took almost three years to prepare for display.

When it was first discovered, a campaign began to acquire the specimen; permission was obtained from Muncaster Estate (who owned the land on which the whale was found), Natural England, Copeland District Council and the Marine Management Organisation in order to recover the remains of the whale in August 2014.

By this time, the whale was decomposed and had been broken up by a storm, with several bones missing. However, two thirds of the whale were successfully recovered. Three years of hard labour followed including firstly burying the bones in sand and compost to remove the remaining flesh, before they were unearthed and taken to the museum. A team of museum volunteers then cleaned and identified the bones. Assembling the bones in position was a mammoth task, but the final result is a lasting and impressive legacy of the marvellous creature. 

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