An assembled decaying albatross with plastic in its stomach. This is an art piece from the documentary Plastic Paradise. The photographer’s name is Chris Jordan. He was inspired to create this based on related events on Midway Island.
The infamous Cheetah thatDaniel M. mounted after many taxidermists told him the skin would turn into ‘cheetah soup’ after it was rehydrated because it was a 70 year old pelt. It managed to hold up hydration and was mounted up. It was featured in a previous issue of Breakthrough magazines.
Its important that with mountable skins that they must be stored properly in order to make sure the tan holds up as well as getting it tanned properly. If I recall this skin was in a museum freezer as a dry tan all those years.
The Beast of Tenby, a mysterious globster that washed up on a beach in Wales, described as having the “head of a horse, body of a pig, and claws of a bear”. Suggestions of what the creature might have been in life range from badger to bull terrier mix, but the body of the creature washed back out to sea before any kind of investigation could get underway and all that remains are photos.
Pictured here is a deceased chameleon. A zoologist prepped the chameleon by dipping it in chemicals that rendered its skin and muscles transparent, and then stained its bones and joints with dyes. Because it was a 3-D subject, the photographer focused her digital camera on different planes of the chameleon’s body and then stitched 32 images together to create a single, crisp picture. The image won the People’s Choice in the photography category of the 2015 Visualization Challenge, now called The Vizzies, a long-running, annual competition co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science.
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