This skeleton of a Blue Whale represents the largest animal known to have ever existed and yet one that feeds on only the smallest animals. Its diet consists almost exclusively of small crustaceans known as krill.
This female Blue Whale skeleton has been named Hope by the museum as a symbol of humanity’s power to shape a sustainable future. It is one of the first species that humans decided to save on a global scale.
Consisting of 221 bones, it is hung in the exact diving lunge feeding position.
This marine mammal can grow up to 29.9 meters (98 ft) in length and with the most significant recorded weight of 173 tonnes (190 short tons).
Long and slender, the blue whale’s body is various shades of bluish-grey dorsally and somewhat lighter color underneath.
Blue whales were abundant in nearly all the oceans on Earth until the beginning of the twentieth century. For over a century, they were hunted almost to extinction by whalers until protected by the international community in 1966.
- Title: Blue Whale
- Species: Balaenoptera musculus
- Length: 29.9 meters (98 ft)
- Weight: 173 tonnes (190 short tons)
- Museum: Natural History Museum, London
A Tour of the Natural History Museum, London
- Blue Whale
- Captain Robert Scott’s Emperor Penguin Egg
- Joseph Banks’ Herbarium Sheet from Cook’s First Voyage to Australia
- Great Handaxe from Furze Platt
- Iguanodon Teeth
- Stegosaurus Stenops
Blue Whales Lunge For Dinner
A Tour of London’s Museums and Heritage Sites
- The British Museum
- The National Gallery, London
- Tate Britain
- The Wallace Collection
- The Victoria and Albert Museum
- Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
- Courtauld Gallery
- Tate Modern, London
- Science Museum, London
- National Portrait Gallery, London
- Natural History Museum
- Charles Dickens Museum
- Hampton Court Palace
- Sherlock Holmes Museum
- British Library
- Imperial War Museum
- Churchill War Rooms
Worlds Largest Blue Whale
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein
Photo Credit: 1) JOM