UBC Blue Whale Project

UBC Blue Whale Project, originally uploaded by The Photography Elf.

The UBC Blue Whale Project did some workshops & info sessions in Victoria.

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum will soon be home to one of two blue whale skeletons on display in Canada.

The 26 m long skeleton of a blue whale that beached on the coast of PEI will be making the 6000 km journey across Canada, to become a special exhibit in the Museum’s glass atrium, and a symbol of the vast biological wealth under our stewardship.

PEI is making this magnificent specimen available to educate and inspire Canadians about biodiversity. In doing so, they are strengthening ties between the coastal provinces of British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, and helping to draw attention to the issues we share about biodiversity and marine conservation.

Blue whale facts:

Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on earth.

Biggest blue whale ever recorded was ~110 feet (33m).  Our whale is pretty big – she’s 85 feet long, which is about 25 m.  That’s as long as two school buses parked end to end!

A blue whale’s tail is as wide as a soccer net (a professional soccer net, not a school one).  That’s about 25 ft (8m).

A blue whale’s flipper (which is analagous to a human’s hand) is as long as you are tall.

Blowhole (which is like your nose, it’s just on top of their head so it’s easy for them to breathe in water), is large enough for a baby to crawl through.  When they exhale, the blow can reach 30 feet tall (and smells terrible).

Arteries are big enough for a baby to crawl through, at about 9 inches in diameter (approx the same diameter as a dinner plate).

Heart is as big as a small car (VW beetle for example).

Blue whale mouths are huge, too – they can swallow a volume of water larger than themselves.  Their throat stretches down to their navel.  Tongue is the size of an elephant.  You and 400 of your friends could fit in its mouth.

A baby blue whale is about the size of 2 minivans.

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