A Blue Whale's Cross Country Journey to Vancouver

Researchers with UBC's Beaty Biodiversity Museum are working to bring Canada's first blue whale skeleton to British Columbia.

It's no small task to transport the remains of a massive 85-foot whale from coast to coast—but scientists at UBC are working to do just that. A team from the University's new Beaty Biodiversity Museum will travel to PEI this May to prepare the skeleton of a magnificent female blue whale that beached on the coast of the province in 1987.

Over the next year, they will clean, transport, prepare and install the impressive specimen in the new museum—bringing Canada’s first blue whale skeleton exhibit to British Columbia. With the support of the community, the museum plans to have the exhibit ready to greet visitors in time for the building's opening in 2009. You can read updates from researchers in the field on the Museum website.

Chris Balma
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