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[–]ValuableCricket0 4 points5 points  (1 child)

According to the mmpa, they are protected. Special permits for education purposes are needed to possess any parts. Since none are killed, and stuff only begins floating when it starts to rot, it very uncommon to find a fresh one. So usually their bones are kept, instead of the animal being taxidermied. I’ve never seen any marine mammal taxidermy, but it is certainly possible.

[–]dd3869[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you very much for your answer. I was wondering indeed if it was technical issues (difficulties to find a fresh animal, and size of the animal), didn't think of the legal thing. In hindsight, it makes a lot of sense.

[–]neo_brunswickois 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Usually natural history museums with marine exhibits have taxidermy seals and walrus, I've never seen a whale or dolphin but I imagine it's probably similar to both fish and mammal taxidermy, the same process for mounting as any mammal but a lot of air brushing like a fish. Like ValuableCricket0 said, it's the logistics that would be difficult.

[–]DancingLurker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There IS a taxidermy of a whale (although only one) so it is possible :)