Crossing on to South Twillingate Island we noticed a whale skeleton on a pier off to the side of the road. That’s not really something that goes unnoticed.
The baleen bones are a part of The Prime Berth Interpretative Fishing Center, and had their desired effect on us. We turned in to see what was going on.
We noticed right off the bat that The Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre had a bit of a split personality, including to the fact that it has two names.
It couldn’t quite seem to decide if it was a serious museum, or a quirky tourist attraction.
Unusual mannequins performing old fashioned tasks dot the grounds, while interesting artifacts and photos are displayed, albeit somewhat haphazardly, inside old shacks.
The unpredictable blend had an endearing quality though, we couldn’t help but like it.
Left: Hillary Clinton demonstrates the proper use of a pit saw!
And we found ourselves learning a lot about the fishing history of the area, including a fascinating video of how one of the fishing shanties, known as a stage in Newfoundland, arrived at this spot.
We had heard stories about floating houses across the water to relocate, and it was pretty cool to see it on film.
Mostly we were amazed that the building didn’t break into a million pieces.
Baleen, a whale’s filtering system
All of this almost had us forget the main attraction, an entire reconstructed sei whale skeleton. We made our way up along the raised viewing platform that runs beside the monstrous critter carcass and felt really small. Sei’s are the third largest of the whales, they can grow up to 65 feet long. This example didn’t quite make that size, but we were still duly impressed.
It was after all, bigger than our current home.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com