I took a walk down to the collections pod today to see what specimens where being worked on for the gallery. When I entered the pod I got an extra special treat. Judith Price, the Assistant Collections Manager for the invertebrate collection, and Nicole Dupuis, the exhibition content developer for the water gallery, had laid out some of the specimens that will be placed on display around the blue whale in the final gallery. This is a part of the design process of figuring out what specimens best tell the story of the gallery and how they all fit together in the physical space available. It takes a lot of playing around to get everything right. Here’s a sneak peek at what we are likely to see in the final gallery.