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Curators' Corner: Whale Tales

People approach a large whale carcass, which lies on its back along a rocky shoreline.


In May 2014, a small ROM team travelled to Newfoundland to salvage the carcass of a Blue Whale that had washed ashore. The unfortunate demise of this animal presented a rare opportunity to study these relatively rare marine mammals (blue whales are listed as endangered under Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act). Our team then set out with the goal of returning to Toronto with the skeleton of the animal, as well as numerous tissue and genetic samples valuable to ongoing scientific work.

Bring the whole family and join us in the Earth Rangers Studio (Level 2, in the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity) on Saturday, June 28th to learn more about whales! There will be hands-on specimens and activities, AND Dr. Mark Engstrom (ROM Senior Curator and Deputy Director of Collections & Research) will be on hand to share his tales of the sights, sounds (and considerable smells) from the field, leading the salvage effort.

A man works to remove meat from a large whale carcass using a large knife

But that's not all!
  • Make sure to check out Discovery Corners: Canadian Animals in the Rotunda (Level 1) from 11AM to 3PM to learn more about the amazing diversity of animals that claim Canada's land, sea and air as their home!


  • Saturday, June 28, 2014
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Earth Rangers Studio in the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, Level 2



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Authored by: Aaron Phillips