Site Overview Next to 'La Familia'
A spherical panorama of the entire excavation site at Cerro Ballena, in late November of 2011, taken from excavation equipment about 5 meters above an arrangement of three fossil rorqual whale skeletons called "La Familia" (MPC 665, 666, 667). To the north of the site (uphill), black felt tarps indicate the location of additional fossil whale skeletons. To the south of the site (downhill), oncoming traffic along the Pan-American Highway pass within 2 meters of fossils in the excavation site. See the Quarry Map section of this website to see an updated view of the site, which now has two lanes of highway.