If you've had enough of the whale innards from Newfoundland's west coast, this may be the whale for you; a textile artist in St. John's is knitting a life-sized minke whale.
Alexe Hanlon, a textiles student, is assembling the 8.5-metre whale with the help of a knitting machine.
"Even though the idea of a knit whale is something that's … obviously there's only so realistic that it can look, but I wanted it to look that realistic. I wanted it to be as close to a real whale as it could be," she said.
She decided on the massive project as an ending to her final term in the textiles program at the Anna Templeton Centre in St. John's.
"One of the coolest things about it was just being able to see the size and scope that a real whale is. I mean, living in Newfoundland, we've all seen whales in the ocean and we know that they're big but it's hard to know just how big they really are when you can't see all of them," said Hanlon.
Just as Hanlon's project started coming together, crews from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) started taking apart the blue whale carcass in Trout River.
She's content to knit a fake one, rather than deal with the real thing — and all the gross stuff that comes along with it.
"I've been glad that I get to sit here with my wooly whale and I don't have to be dissecting a real, dead whale that smells pretty bad," she said.
The wooly whale will be on display at the Anna Templeton Centre in June.