After exposure to the elements for a year or so, most of the meat is gone but there’s still some cartilage. Next step is to bury the bones in horse manure so microbes can get to work finishing the job.
@RiotDemon Wasn’t enough room at my house. I’m just helping out as the bones are being prepped for display at the local children’s museum. (You need to have authorization from NOAA to posses whale bones.)
(For those new here, the topic title is a reference to @Matthew’s “Possum Head Chronicles” video series.)
@Limewater if you consider microbes to be small animals, getting gnawed was the purpose of burying them in manure . We were more worried about scavengers/coyotes carrying them off and to prevent that the whole mound was covered in chicken wire and tarps.