Tallulah's cranium after the move
Tallulah's cranium after the move

The process of moving Tallulah, the 65 foot blue whale that will go on display in the new Water Gallery, is complete and went off without a hitch! The move itself was contracted out to a professional moving company to ensure there wouldn’t be any problems. To make things as straightforward as possible, Tallulah was moved in (relatively!) small sections. Moving racks and shelves were also built for all of the different parts to ensure that during the move there wouldn’t be damage.  The racks were constructed out of wood and metal and layered with foam to cradle the bones.  Once the bones were in place everything was wrapped in plastic, another measure to keep the precious cargo protected. There was some concern that because Tallulah is so big, and can only be broken down so much, certain parts might not fit into the elevator.  During the construction in the museum, two-by-four planks of wood were installed inside the elevator to protect it from all the heavy duty machinery and tools required for construction.  Because some of Tallulah’s bones were so close in size to the inside of the elevator, the two by fours had to be removed.  Even though at times there were only a few centimetres to spare, everything fit!

Now that all of Tallulah’s parts have been safely moved into the museum, the next step is to put it all together, which is estimated to take about two weeks. Make sure to check back to follow how this process goes!