Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here? A new exhibit and a whole lot of whale puns (sorry in advance). If you haven’t already heard about the blue whale story, you need to. It’s the latest exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum and it’s well worth seeing. I’ll just come right out and say it: It’s fintastic!
I love to maintain a bit of mystery in my life, so what better than seeing an exhibit about one of the most mysterious animals in the world? I’m also partial to anything to do with the ocean – thanks to growing up on the west coast. I’ve seen killer whales from the BC Ferries and pink dolphins in the Amazon but never a blue whale.
A rare opportunity to study and discover more about these curious creatures presented itself in 2014 when, tragically, nine whales were trapped in ice off the coast of Newfoundland and died. But as with everything, although this was a devastating event for the scarcely seen sea-dwellers, a silver lining presented itself: a chance to learn something new.
THE BLUE WHALE STORY | Out of the depths and into the ROM’s latest exhibit
The blue whale story exhibit is an original to the ROM. It took ROM scientists two years to de-flesh, recover, and de-grease this massive animal. The exhibit takes you on a journey through the entire process – from 2014 until now. They even have on display one of the watches that one of the scientists was wearing during the recovery. And it still reeks!
It’s a real kriller on your sense of smell. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Overall, the exhibit is easy to follow, well laid out and isn’t over-whale-ming at all. I loved it. The blue whale story is a great way to also celebrate Canada’s 150 this year and witness some truly remarkable Canadian science. So, grab your friends, dive in and go for the krill. I promise you’ll have a whale of a time!
The blue whale story is on at the Royal Ontario Museum until September 4th 2017. For more info, check out the ROM’s website here.
All photos courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum.