Participate in a 40-60 minute walking tour of Bonehenge Whale Center, led by Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster and Associate Museum Curator Christine Brin. Keith has spent over 35 years studying marine mammals off the coast of North Carolina, focusing on bottlenose dolphins. His work with preparing marine mammal skeletons for educational display is as unique as the Whale Center itself.
The facility is more of a workshop than museum, open to the public only during select tour dates. Work conducted at Bonehenge Whale Center includes research on marine mammals, stranded specimen collection, skeletal rearticulation, education, and conservation of North Carolina whales (including dolphins and porpoise). Visitors will be able to observe the ongoing work of preparing marine mammal skeletons, learn about research on the habits of these animals, and view at least four completed skeletons that include two rarely seen deep-diving beaked whales.
The center operates as a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Carolina Cay Maritime Foundation, registration fees will support ongoing projects at Bonehenge Whale Center.
Tour length – 40-60 minutes, 12-person limit, not recommended for children under 12 due to the workshop environment. Those 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee is $10 per person. Pre-registration required by noon the day prior. Register below or by calling (252) 504-7758.
Registration and Refund Policy:
Registration costs, less a 10% fee, are refunded when the museum receives cancellation notice at least 48 hours before the start of a program. There is no refund within 48 hours of the start of a program, and tickets cannot be transferred to a later program date within that 48 hour timeframe. Due to material costs and supply, Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center Courses require a 2-week notification for cancellations; only the course fee is refunded if cancellation occurs prior to 2 weeks. The Museum reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet the minimum participant requirement up to one week before the program is scheduled. In the event of cancellation due to low enrollment, participants who have submitted a fee will receive a full refund. If a program is canceled due to inclement weather and unable to be rescheduled for another date, the participants will receive a full refund.