The installation began on April 27, 2006, when Albert Shepard, marine mammal specialist, curator, and whale artisan, delivered the whale to the loading dock of Thompson Hall. The rib cage was too cumbersome to store in the third floor museum so it was temporarily housed in a geology lab on the ground floor. The move and installation of the whale began on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, and the installation was completed on Friday, May 5, 2006. The images below chronicle the move and installation.