SLIDESHOW | Whale Center opens wide for jaw bone

One massive, hundred-year-old jaw bone from a blue whale was quite the scene in Langley on Thursday afternoon.

Nine people were needed to haul the 350-pound relic from atop a truck into the future Langley Whale Center on Second Street.

The bone is a long-term loan from Monte Hughes, owner of Mystic Sea Charters, a whale watching company based in Anacortes. In recent years, the Mystic Sea has increasingly launched from Langley.

Howard Garrett of the Orca Network estimated the jaw bone once belonged to a blue whale that measured 80 feet long.

The bone is being housed in the building until metal artist Tim Leonard can construct a platform for the bone to rest on and serve as an archway.

The Langley Whale Center is slated to open its doors in early March.


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