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ROM Speaks: The Blue Whale Lecture Series

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Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story

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.

Photo of a blue whale tail


Single Lectures
General Public: $20
ROM Members: $18
Teachers: $18
Students: $15
(HST will be added)

ROMSpeaks Group Experience
Groups of 10 or more are invited to register at discounted rate.  Please call  ROM Group Sales at 416.586.5801 (ext 2) or email  For more information on group visits click here.

Lectures include post-event reception with 1 host drink (excluding free events - cash bar only).
For full abstracts, visit the event pages below.

May 30
Blue: An Unorthodox Whale

Explore the importance of blue whale populations to the global ecosystem with international researcher and marine conservationist Asha de Vos.
Register for this lecture only

June 20
Blue Whales of the North Atlantic

With 70 years of combined experience studying blue whales, world-renowned experts – and friends – Richard Sears and Christopher Clark will share captivating stories of their extraordinary life work, and the important role Canada can play in ocean conservation.
Register for this lecture only


April 4
Allan Baker Biodiversity Lecture
From Land to Water: The Walking Whales

From sea to land and back again, the evolution of whales has puzzled researchers since the time of Charles Darwin. Combining the newest fossil evidence and modern genomic research, Dr. Hans Thewissen takes us on an epic journey to uncover the origin of modern whales.

Note: Programs and dates are subject to change.

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Date & Time

  • Tuesdays, April 4, May 30, June 20, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Reception to follow


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B

Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Reception to follow lecture.

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