Life-sized model whale

A Canadian taxidermist was given an odd assignment by a client:  make me a lifesized reproduction of a humpbacked whale.  The reproduction was so large that a barn had to be rented for construction, and it took three weeks of around-the-clock work to finish the project on time.  No whales were injured during the making of the model, which was composed of wood, steel, shrinkwrap, and expandable foam.  Oh, and paint... 45 gallons of paint.  Barnacles were airbrushed on individually.  The sculptor, Shawn Galea, can't divulge who ordered the whale, but the model was bound for Boston on the back of a transport truck.

See a photo of the whale in The Toronto Star

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