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Awe Inspiring

Following thousands of hours of labour, design and toil…Tallulah is complete. And she is MAGNIFICENT!)

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Assembling the whale puzzle begins!

Now that all of Tallulah’s parts have been safely moved into the Water Gallery, it’s time to start setting her up!  The first stages have gone relatively smoothly, just a few little technical difficulties with some of the equipment, but … Continue reading

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Do you smell something?

It’s no secret that Tallulah has a bit of a body odour problem. Despite multiple treatments to try and prevent this from happening, Tallulah’s bones continue to leak oil because of the high amount of fat concentration found in whales. … Continue reading

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Tallulah moves in

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 … Continue reading

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Tallulah gets ready…

The highlight of the upcoming water gallery is undoubtedly Tallulah, the 65 foot blue whale.  I went to visit her (well, parts of her!) in the labs this week to see how preparation for moving her into the gallery is … Continue reading

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Installation Begins!

The installation of the permanent water exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature has begun! At this point the exhibit space is pretty bare bones, with only the floor installed and most of the supports put in place for the … Continue reading

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Bathing Whales

A big part of the Water Project is the new permanent gallery to be housed in Ottawa, and a big part of that gallery is a real, full-sized blue whale skeleton. This skeleton will be close to 20m (65 ft)! … Continue reading

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Rebuilding a whale

The big centerpiece of the new permanent water gallery will be a fully articulated blue whale skeleton. However, exhibiting a specimen like this has many challenges, beside the obvious one presented by its enormous size. The specimen being prepared is … Continue reading

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Whale barnacle

  Coronula diadema Whale barnacle CMNPA 1999-0022 These egg to fist sized crustaceans are found on humpback whales (and reported from fin, blue, and sperm whales) especially on the lips, the long grooves of the throat and the genital region. … Continue reading

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Spoilt for choice

Designing a gallery around a topic as important and all-encompassing as water has a special set of challenges. A big one is deciding what gets included and what gets left out. Our exhibitions content developer Nicole Dupuis explains some of … Continue reading

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