THE whale that beached in Redcar in 2011 will forever be remembered as its huge jawbone goes on display.
The 45ft sperm whale beached itself on Redcar beach in May 2011 and despite desperate attempts to save the animal, it was pronounced dead after several hours.
Three years later the whale’s 7ft lower jawbone is revealed in a display at The Zetland Life Boat Museum in Redcar.
Redcar’s Mayor Vic Jeffries said: “It was always the council’s intention to make a lasting memorial of the magnificent animal.”
Whale teeth can be used for Ivory and with 18 teeth on either side the jawbone, it’s highly valuable due to its condition.
Fred Brunskill, chairman of the Zetland Museum said: “Thousands of people came to Redcar seafront to see the whale, and I would like to welcome them all back to see the jaw bone.”
Following advice from the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, the whale’s lower jawbone was buried in order to allow the oils and fats to drain away.
The teeth were then covered in a solution of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide before being set back into place.
The jawbone joins several attractions at the revamped museum, including the stern board that was attached to the barque of Lord Byron, which washed ashore on Redcar beach in 1848.
The museum is also applying for lottery funding to restore the Zetland lifeboat, which is the oldest lasting lifeboat in the world.
Last year the museum attracted over 11,000 visitors and is hoping to see more this year with the arrival of the much anticipated jawbone.