Black & White Project

A newborn killer whale was found beached nearby Sitka in the Summer of 2012. Jan Straley’s team, working with Canadian Veterinarian Dr. Rafferty, conducted a necropsy of the animal. Through generous support of the Crossett Fund and the Sitka Permanent Charitable Trust, we were capable of using this specimen to engage students in a dynamic art and science project at Sitka High. We sent the killer whale head, fins and tail to the Scientific Art Studio in Richmond California. Artist, Ron Holthuysen casted the head and tail of the killer whale to create an accurate model.  Be sure to look up at the ceiling when you visit our aquarium! Scott McArthur brought an exciting hands-on project to Sitka High School. They participated in the art and science classes, linking art and science to the students. Mr. Holthuysen gave a workshop to students on scientific art and led both science and art students in a class to sculpt a killer whale model. In addition, students explored killer whale ecology and sound production. The SSSC worked in conjunction with Jan Straley (UAS), Dr. Alison Stimpert (Naval Post Graduate School), Ron Holthuysen (SAS) and Sitka High School teachers Gaylen Needham (SHS).