Surface from Marina Rees on Vimeo.

Footage of seascape and whales from Iceland layered on whale bones. Scientifically, marks, growth and lesions, can be studied on bones and tell us how the body was used. This ‘memory’ of the whale’s lifetime was explored through the bones’ textures.
The number of humpback whales has increased in Northern Iceland over the last 10 years, as the warming waters have shifted their source of food further north. This raises questions about the uncertain future of the Icelandic humpback whale, a precarious state echoed by the fragile, weathered bones.

The whale bones, three vertebrae and a rib, were found on a beach in Northern Iceland, and used to belong to a large whale. They had already been exposed to the elements for a while as they looked affected by exposure to the action of the weather and the waves and some of the surfaces were disintegrating.

This video has been shown at the Alliance Française in Reykjavík (Iceland), the Old Low Light in North Shields (UK), and International Ocean Film Festival in Kiel (Germany).