Tail of a blue whale in an open deep blue ocean

Gallery Trail: Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story

  • Grades 4 - 12
  • Ages 8-10, 11-14, 14+

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story is a ROM original exhibition that retells the tragic story of 2014 and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation that resulted. Come face to face with the enormous eighty- foot skeleton of Blue, and discover the mind-blowing biology of blue whales; the humongous size of their heart, their unusual feeding behaviour, how they communicate and their evolution from land to sea.

Find out how the ROM is studying their DNA to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding these large but elusive creatures, and gain insight into the global decline of the blue whale population and what is being done to protect the world’s largest animal…ever.

Use this trail for a self-guided experience or to prepare for a ROM Makerspace activity!

Enjoy this video shared by @bpcaverhill and his Grade 4 students at St. Cecilia about their visit!

Museum Guidelines

  • Walk. Do not run.
  • Use indoor voices.
  • Stay with your adult.
  • Make way for ROM educators if they need a space for a lesson.
  • Don't touch objects. Only touch objects that are clearly marked as safe to touch.
  • Don’t rush. Focus your time on the objects that capture your interest and complete what you can within the time you have.
  • Ask questions and have fun!

Fast Facts

The blue whale may be the world's largest animal ever, but they mostly feed on tiny shrimp-like creatures called krill. An adult blue whale can eat millions of krill each day.

Please Note

Remember, you’re sharing the space with other visitors. Make sure that other visitors can move around you and look at the objects.

You can also view and download this activity on Google Drive in standard and digitally enhanced (with embedded links to multimedia resources) editions.