Category Archives: Whales Tohorā

Small World, Teeny Dolphin

As soon as she saw it, Jennifer-Lee Mason wanted to say “Awww… I want one”. Apparently the diminutive Hector’s dolphin—it’s a bit larger than a dog—is not without its charms. Continue reading

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The Strap-Toothed Whale: A Fascinating Specimen in Whales Tohorā

As a conservator with the museum, Carolyn Leckie has examined all the specimens in the exhibition Whales Tohorā. The strap-toothed whale’s bizarre teeth particularly fascinated her. Continue reading

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Sperm Whales: My Favourite Specimen in Whales Tohorā

Sperm whales are hard to spot in the wild. That’s part of why the two impressive skeletons in Whales Tohorā have enchanted Sarah McPherson. Continue reading

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Tū Hononga’s Journey

Getting a whale skull and other oversized items into the museum and up four floors was an unprecedented undertaking that required ingenuity and expertise. Continue reading

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A Whale of a Time

Hoisting a sperm-whale skull that weighs a couple-thousand kilograms to the museum’s fourth floor is an enormous undertaking! Continue reading

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Do Iwi, Taonga and Motu Mean Anything to You?

How is the content of the Whales Tohorā exhibition, which is partly in Māori, made accessible to the Canadian public? Caroline Lanthier explains her work in adapting the exhibition, which opens on March 2, 2012. Continue reading

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Papers, Please! Rare Specimens Cross the Border for Whales Tohorā

It’s not only people who must present papers at the border. Jonathan Ferrabee, Senior Exhibition Designer for Whales Tohorā, knows a thing or two about this… Continue reading

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