National Geographic : 2001 Apr
BehindENE the One Shark, To Go Moving day poses afearsome challenge Howdoyou move a 16 foot-long, 350-pound model of a great white shark from our Washington, D.C., headquarters to a storage area around the corner? Ver-r-r-y carefully. The fiberglass model was the eye-catching centerpiece of last year's exhibit on great whites designed by Richard McWalters, manager of exhibits for our museum, Explorers Hall. When the show closed, Rich and his staff spent three hours just get ting it out of the building. The shark was the latest in a series of offbeat objects the Explorers Hall team has handled. Museum director Susan Norton lists such items as a 500-year old frozen Inca mummy, a two ton steel caribou sculpture, a two-story dinosaur cast, a scale model of the international space station, and Ernest Shackleton's 22.5-foot-long lifeboat. The variety certainly makes for interesting work. Says Daniel Shaffer, technical coordinator, "You don't do stuff like this at most jobs." NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * APRIL 2001 EXPLORER-IN-RESIDENCE Johan Reinhard has spent 20 years roaming the high Andean peaks of South America, looking for clues to ancient cultures. In 1999 he unearthed three frozen mummies in Argen tina on the summit of 22,110-foot Cerro Llullai Ilaco, the world's highest archaeological site.