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Rye Resident to Discuss Sludgie the Whale at TEDx Event: VIDEO + PICTURES

Joy reidenberg whale lady

(PHOTO: Rye resident and Sludgie the Whale anatomist Joy Reidenberg talks about Sludgie's skull, seen on the left side of the photo.)

Huh?

Yep, take:

  1. Sludgie the Whale, a Minke whale that died in New York City's Gowanus Canal in 2007
  2. A super hip TEDx conference
  3. Rye resident and whale anatomist Joy Reidenberg

And you have the components of this story:

"Sludgie the Whale's skull to be displayed at Gowanus's first-ever TEDx conference

The skull of the doomed 12-foot-long baby Minke whale that wandered into the notoriously filthy Gowanus Canal and tragically died there in 2007 will be on display as the focus of an interactive art exhibit at the TEDx conference in Gowanus on Jan. 26. By Natalie Musumeci / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 5:36 PM

…The baby Minke whale, named Sludgie, captured the attention of the city in 2007 after getting lost in the Gowanus Canal, but died before it could make its way back to sea.

Sludgie the Whale is about to return to Gowanus from beyond the watery grave.

Sludgie the whale dead

(PHOTO: Sludgie the whale being dry docked after his death in 2007.)

The skull of the doomed 12-foot-long baby Minke whale that wandered into the notoriously filthy Gowanus Canal and tragically died there in 2007 will be on display at Gowanus’s first-ever TEDx conference on Jan. 26…

Sludgie’s skull will be the centerpiece of an interactive art exhibit produced by local arts group Proteus Gowanus. Sludgie's skull has been stored in a whale anatomist's lab in Rye, N.Y.

Conference organizers were able to obtain the female marine mammal’s skull from whale anatomist Joy Reidenberg, who was called in at the time to dissect the dead wayward whale and perform a necropsy.

New York's finest and bravest desperately tried to save the wayward baby Minke whale before it met its tragic end in the Gowanus Canal.

A short video featuring Reidenberg detailing her scientific findings and the causes of the wayward whale’s death will be screened at the conference held at the neighborhood’s famed Green Building."

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