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Saturday, January 14, 2006

RARE CHANCE TO GET UP CLOSE TO WHALES - Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

RARE CHANCE TO GET UP CLOSE TO WHALES - Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Ever wanted to get a close look at a whale’s blowhole?

This question and others will be answered at a public open day this Saturday, 14 January 2006, from 12.00noon to 4.00pm in the Courtyard of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

A variety of whales will be on display, including a baby Sperm Whale, a small Humpback Whale and a Bottlenose Dolphin.

The whales were collected immediately after they were found dead of natural causes and have been stored in a freezer for scientific research.

“This is a rare chance to see what a whale really looks like,” said TMAG Vertebrate Zoology Curator Kathryn Medlock.

“There are not just bones or skeletons on display. Entire whale carcasses will be on show, so people can see the blowholes, look at the skin and examine the fins.”

Museum curators will be in attendance to answer questions about the varieties of whales, along with staff from the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment.

The bones and skulls of each whale specimen will be kept as part of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s cetacean collection.

These whales are from the Southern Ocean, and this region will be examined as part of TMAG’s new exhibition Islands to Ice: the great Southern Ocean and Antarctica, which will open in early March this year.


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