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'Whale Bone Porn': Ann Pimentel Outraged At Vancouver Maritime Museum's Scrimshaw Exhibit

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An example of scrimshaw (File photo, not from Vancouver Maritime Museum)
An example of scrimshaw (File photo, not from Vancouver Maritime Museum)

For one Canadian woman, this museum exhibit was not enough whale and a little too much tail.

Ann Pimentel is none too pleased with the Vancouver Maritime Museum's erotic new exhibit, which she characterizes as "whale bone porn," the National Post reported.

The exhibit, called, "Tattoos and Scrimshaw: The Art of The Sailor," showcases carvings on the teeth of sperm whales that date back to the mid-19th century, according to the Calgary Herald. Scrimshaw -- the art of carving or engraving on whalebone, whale teeth, or similar material -- was a popular hobby for sailors, and it's not hard to guess what these sea men were thinking about.

“Oral sex, masturbation, a penis on one of them, people having sex in the images," Pimentel told the Herald. "Anyone under the age of 18 shouldn't be seeing these images."

Click here to see photos from the exhibit.

When Pimentel attended the exhibit, the more scandalous carvings were displayed high off the ground -- some seven feet high -- where young children would not likely be able to see them. Additionally, a small sign reads, "Hide your eyes! These pieces of scrimshaw are not intended for children."

Pimentel, however, who visited the museum with her two sons, ages 2 and 3, wants the saltier scrimshaws "in an isolated room … clearly marked, where a child or anyone under 18 can't see them," she told the Vancouver Sun.

She has also expressed her disgust on a variety of review websites, including Yelp, where she wrote, "I am still disturbed and troubled after a visit to The Vancouver Maritime Museum … As a mother and a teacher, I am concerned for unknowing families and school groups."

Since Pimentel complained, an additional warning sign has been placed outside of the exhibit.

Museum curator Patricia Owen told the Herald that so far, Pimentel has been the only person to complain.

Owen added that some of the raciest examples of scrimshaw aren't displayed at all, and are housed in the museum's basement. According to the Herald, these pieces include "depictions of creative candlestick use and what Ms. Owen cautiously describe as 'the act.'"

"Tattoos and Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor" is on display until October 13.

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