Endangered whale jawbone in teacher's backyard
January 2nd, 2011
01:49 PM ET

Endangered whale jawbone in teacher's backyard

The jawbone of an endangered blue whale is now in the backyard of a home in Northern California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The whale, which was pregnant, had apparently died after colliding with a ship. It washed ashore off the San Mateo County coast in October, as seen in the photo above. Elementary-school teacher Dan Sudran, known for his hands-on approach to getting kids excited about science, told the newspaper that he wanted the bone to go to Pescadero Elementary School, where he works. Here was an 80-foot blue whale on shore, a rare event. The last whale of its kind washed up in 1979. Sudran quickly got to work and obtained the necessary permits to transport the whale's jaw bone - which measures 20 feet -  to his backyard.

It will be on display at the school. A curriculum is being designed around it that will provide lessons in reading, science and ocean life, the paper reports. The whale's remaining bones are going to other institutions.

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  1. Mmmmm to @Phil

    Wow, you need a permit to hock parts off a dead whale? That's alot of fertilizer in one place. What became of the rest of the whale and its baby?

    January 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • huxley

      They are McFish sandwiches by now.

      January 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Eee-ew, prefer to stick with blubber lipsticks and soaps...

      January 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I like my dish, the mcfish, especially with ketchup!

      January 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yep

    Wait...is it endangered or extinct? If the last one washed up in 1979, then they are extinct.

    January 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      the last blue whale to wash up was in 79, as in none have washed up on shore

      January 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cody

      your an idiot. it says "the last whale of its kind washed up in 1979" that means no other whale of its kind has washed up. doesn't mean it is extinct

      January 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Can't be the last...that ole girl didn't auto-inseminate. There's an able body blue male whale watering the family tree.

      January 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      "the last whale of its kind washed up in 1979" literally means that tat one was "the last whale of its kind". Yes, we know what they mean, but we also know it's not what they said.

      January 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TTommy

      Cody calls yep an idiot and at the same time uses the word "your" instead of "you're" Everything's relative.

      January 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvoDevo

      Not extinct. Just rarely washed ashore. I'm afraid I agree with Cody.

      January 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    I'm glad the teacher was able to apply for the needed permits. Otherwise, the bones would have been lost in antiquity.

    January 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chazz

    the last one of its kind TO WASH AShORE!

    January 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      That ain't what it says. Also, you should learn to use the "reply" link.

      January 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fred Bartkowski

    Let me just say, at the end of the day. The American people would like to see Alaska sold to Russia for $14,000,000,000.
    And Hawaii sold to China for 3 Trillion.

    January 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      "Let's just say, a the end of the day." is not a complete sentence.

      January 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      I said "at the end of the day". Now what?

      January 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wolf'sComing!

    The link on the main page read "School kids to get 20 foot whale bone".
    I thought it was going to be a article about funding being cut again.

    January 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolf'sComing!

      Pardon my grammar. That should have read "an article".

      January 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    Agrrrh, now CNN throw me the navy's squid raunchy video story so dey can wolk friggin' bloggin' planks!

    January 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jonah

    What about the rest of the story? Who grabbed the rest of the whale?

    January 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chazz

    oh please-also.no reply link on this mobil cnn.

    January 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      It just means you're a bit stale hit refresh!

      January 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonah

      Ok I never thought about it as a problem. Still though where does the whale meat go? It doesn't just melt.

      January 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Joe

    I like tuna fish sub at Subway with bell peppers. I refuse to eat whale, and Mmmmm, you can't make me, ever!

    January 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      What about blubber lipstick...can I convince you to wear lipstick?

      January 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oh and I'm a subway tuna freak too. I figured you be more daring: you need to go all the way with everything except the pickles and kick it up a bit with pepperjack cheese add American mustard. Like my bread dark...try whole wheat!

      January 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chazz

    still fails

    January 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Still can't get it up, may you need an app

      January 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chazz

    but thanx

    January 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr. X

    good, kill all the whales.

    January 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. davie

    I am glad the school teacher got the permits and not the lunch ladies

    January 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Sorry, I preference the incredible, edible egg...

      January 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyD

      Haha. Good one! It took me a moment to get the joke but when I got it I laughed my butt off.

      January 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AGardner

    Whales are mammals, not fish.

    January 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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