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Encyclopedia > Willy (whale)

Willy is the name of the whale skeleton hung in Harned Hall at the University of Puget Sound. Willy is a Gray Whale who was born in January of 1972. He died by washing ashore near Chanook, Washington in March of 1973 at the age of 14 months. He was found with a few broken bones, suggesting he may have been hit by a boat, causing him to run ashore. Willy was named by the students of UPS after Free Willy the whale from the famous movie. The University of Puget Sound (often called UPS or just Puget Sound) is a private liberal arts college located in the North End of Tacoma, Washington, in the United States. ... Binomial name Eschrichtius robustus Lilljeborg, 1861 Gray Whale range The Gray Whale or Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus), more recently called the Eastern Pacific Gray Whale, is a whale that travels between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Free Willy is a 1993 Warner Brothers film about a boy who befriends an Orca // Spoiler warning: Jesse (Jason James Richter) gets caught vandalizing the marina, but his social worker, Dwight (Mykelti Williamson), helps him avoid legal consequences, provided he cleans up his mess at the marina. ...


Willy was one of four whales found dead in Washington in 1972. Willy was collected by Steve Jeffries (UPS graduate student), Murray L. Johnson (Slater Museum Mammal Curator), Tim Moore (UPS graduate student) with the assistance of Dale Peterson of United Farms in Graham, Washington, under permits from NMFS/NMML. Willy has the preparation number of SJ 77 indicating it was the 77th specimen prepared by Steve Jeffries. Graham is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ... The National Marine Mammal Laboratory is a United States research laboratory that undertakes research into marine mammals under the direction of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ...


After preparation, the whale was donated to the University of Puget Sound, where it spent about 30 years in storage in Thompson Hall room 410. During the construction of Harned Hall, Willy was taken out and brought to the workshop of professor Albert Shepherd. Willy was then pieced together, and brought to Harned Hall and installed into the new building between May 3, and May 5, 2006. Prior to being named Willy, the professors handling Willy had called him Alice when referring to him; however, the students found this name unacceptable for a male whale. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


External links

  • Slater Museum Installing Willy
  • Willy's myspace page

 
 

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