The pelvic bones of some cetaceans.

This web site provides digital photographs, taken by David Taylor, of the pelvic bones of several different species of whales, dolphins and porpoise. They are referred to as pelvic bones because of the unresolved issue of labeling them vestiges, rudiments or remnants.

The data with each picture, when available, includes species, sex, length and either field number or museum number. Missing information is due in large part to the fact that some bones were collected over a century ago and arrived with incomplete data.

The source of these bones include the Smithsonian, the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the American Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles County Museum, New Brunswick Museum, Florida Museum of Natural History and whale recovery efforts of Dr. Tom French, Dr. Michael Moore, the author and others.

Anyone wishing to contribute photographs of cetacean pelvic bones or comment on existing pictures is encouraged to e-mail David Taylor at (dbtaylor@whoi.edu)

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  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - CCSN-04-224 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - CCSN-04-224 - female - 13.40 m - Pelvic location - University of Georgia. The fresh carcass of a 44-foot (1340 cm), 6-year-old female named “Beacon” washed ashore at Newcomb Hollow ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - IFAW-10-188-Mn 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - IFAW-10-188-Mn - male - 9.14 m - Pelvic location - Greenfield Community College. A floating 26.9-foot (820 cm) male Humpback was spotted by the noon trip of one of the Captain ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - metatarsal 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - metatarsal - female - length unknown - Pelvic location - Victoria Museum
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-05604 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-05604 - male - 11.00 m - Pelvic location - unknown
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MN-07-468 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MN-07-468 - male - 9.25 m - Pelvic location - unknown
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - NEAQ-16-031-Mn 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - NEAQ-16-031-Mn - female - 13.70 m - Pelvic location - unknown
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - IFAW-13-158-Mn 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - IFAW-13-158-Mn - male - 8.5 m - Pelvic location - Bridgewater State University. a 27.9-foot (849 cm) male was found floating in the middle of Buzzard’s Bay and towed the next day ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - CCSN-03-046 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - CCSN-03-046 - female - 12.20 m - Pelvic location - Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City, OK. 39.7-foot (1210 cm) adult female washed ashore on the south end of South Beach, Chatham, ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-01-975 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-01-975 - female - 11.37 m - Pelvic location - UMaine Orino. – 37.3 foot (1137 cm), two-year-old female named “Pitfall” washed ashore bloated on Duxbury Beach, Duxbury, Plymouth ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MCZ-63341 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MCZ-63341 - male - 8.53 m - Pelvic location - Harvard University. 28 foot (336 inches), yearling male washed ashore at the granite breakwater, Pigeon Cove Harbor, Rockport, Essex ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - VMSM-20011038 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - VMSM-20011038 - female - 8.79 m - Pelvic location - Whale Research Center
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - SY-Mn-0941 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - SY-Mn-0941 - male - 12.50 m - Pelvic location - New York State Museum. The carcass of a 41-foot adult male washed ashore on Briggs Beach, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI. It was ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - CCSN-07-181 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - CCSN-07-181 - female - 9.85 m - Pelvic location - Seacoast Science Center. The fresh carcass of a 32.3-foot (985 cm), 2-year-old female named “Tofu” was found floating about 4 ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-03-602 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-03-602 - male - 11.00 m - Pelvic location - Harvard University. 36-foot (~1097 cm, ~44000 lb) male found floating 1.5 miles off Pimaquid Point, ME. The carcass was towed to ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - IFAW-10-188-Mn2 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - IFAW-10-188-Mn2 - male - 9.14 m - Pelvic location - International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - UF-25146 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - UF-25146 - male - 9.40 m - Pelvic location - unknown
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - SY-Mn-0951 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - SY-Mn-0951 - female - 8.20 m - Pelvic location - SUNY, Syracuse. The carcass of a 25 foot (8.2 m) juvenile female was found floating by a fish trap off Little Compton, Newport ...
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - NBWM-1933-42 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - NBWM-1933-42 - male - 10.70 m - Pelvic location - unknown
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-07-468 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-07-468 - male - 9.25 m - Pelvic location - unknown
  • Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-08-100 

    Moore, Michael J.; Taylor, David B. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2022-05-20)
    Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - MH-08-100 - male - 9.00 m - Pelvic location - SUNY, Syracuse. The carcass of a 27.5-foot (~330 inches) female was found floating off Race Point, Provincetown, Barnstable County, ...

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