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Masters of the Ocean Realm: Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

October 5, 2001 – January 2, 2002

Museum: Natural History Museum

Location: 1st Floor, Center (Hall 10)

Hands-on interactives in this exhibition explain cetacean biology, habitat, evolution, and adaptation. Other sections explore the interactions of whales, dolphins, and porpoises with human cultures around the world and take a look at the future of whales and the issues of conservation and protection.

Highlights include:

  • A theater showing film footage of whales and dolphins
  • Life-side replicas of several dolphins and whales
  • A jukebox that plays several whale songs
  • A chart and stopwatch to allow visitors to compare how long they can old their breath to the time achieved by sperm whales
  • Models of cetacean teeth and baleen, the large filtering device for straining tiny food particles from the water
  • Simulated blubber overlying half of a chilled surface to illustrate the insulating qualities of whale fat.

Organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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