ROM Unveils Massive Blue Whale Skeleton

80-foot skeleton on display now

The Royal Ontario Museum unveiled its latest exhibit this past weekend, opening Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story. One of the world’s largest and most complete blue whale skeletons is on display now through September 4, 2017 and it’s immediately become must-see material.

Blue Whale carcasses typically sink, but two washed ashore in Trout River and Rocky Harbour in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2014. ROM deputy director of collections and research Mark Engstrom and his team descended upon Canada’s east coast to begin the process of recovering the animals’ massive skeleton.

“Blue whales have captured our imagination through their sheer size and extreme adaptation to aquatic life. The chance to share the recovery story with our visitors is a rare opportunity,” said Engstrom. “We are grateful to our colleagues, here and in Newfoundland and Labrador, for their invaluable support on this exhibition and its link to the incredible research uncovered.”

Here’s a look at some images from throughout the recovery process, courtesy of the ROM.

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More, via official ROM release:

This exhibition is a collaborative project led by the ROM’s Dr. Mark Engstrom, Senior Curator and Deputy Director of Collections and Research, with colleagues Burton Lim, Assistant Curator of Mammalogy; Jacqueline Miller, Mammalogy Technician; Oliver Haddrath, Ornithology Technician; Dave Ireland, Managing Director of ROM Biodiversity, and Gerry De luliis, Lecturer in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto.

Lead image via Instagram/critchmark