Thursday, October 13, 2011


I don't often talk about work here, but a colleague of mine just sent me a link to a beautiful video about whale falls that I had to share with you:

Whale Fall (after life of a whale) from Sharon Shattuck on Vimeo.

Last year, I helped develop an exhibition about water (I am an exhibition content developer for the Canadian Museum of Nature) and had a chance to edit underwater video of actual whale fall sites in various stages of decomposition. I must say this paper cutout video is very close to the real thing!

Speaking of the real thing, the exhibition I worked on features a complete blue whale skeleton. Blue whales are the biggest creatures ever to live on Earth! This time-lapse video shows how our Collections technicians put the skeleton together for display.

It's a must-see if you're ever in Ottawa!




Thank you for sharing this! I have never really given any thought to what happens to whales when they die and love the papercut video especially!



i'd love to hear more about your work! it looks fascinating. especially the whale skeleton assembly video. i've seen parts of a whale skeleton before but never the whole thing - the jaw bones - at least i think that's what they are - are huge!

would love to hear more about your work on water - i'm thinking of talking more about the role of water in my new location/life in some blog posts soon.

JoannaCos (Rav)


Wonderful post! My 9 year old son is currently fascinated with whales (and sharks). Over the summer he spent countless hours learning as much as he could about the different species, their habitats, etc. I look forward to showing him this post. Whale Fall is such an elegant term for what happens when a whale dies. I'm quite certain my son will find the video of a whale's death cycle as interesting as its life cycle. Thanks for sharing! (By the way, have you seen Hazel the Humpback on Ravelry? It's the first thing my son has ever asked me to knit for him!)



What a neat job! Loved the video. It is really beautiful.

Margie Oomen


must see it on my next trip there:)

Kathleen Maunder


Hi Nicole,
I didn't know that you lived in Ottawa. And what a cool place to work! I lived in Ottawa when I was a little girl (from 1 to 7 years old) and my brother and one of my sisters were born there. I think your museum is the one the I used to think looked like a castle. :)



The videos, your career, the connection to knitting --- inspirational in so many way. Thank you for sharing.



this is so incredible, the video is very ambitious and something i've always been curious about...
thanks for posting it



you have an amazing job! i loved learning about whales after their death. i've not thought about that before. we were just at the nz national museum looking at blue skeletons a few days ago.



yeah i love it