Giant skull of first fin whale to wash up in Dorset does on display

ON DISPLAY: The giant skull of a fin whale

ON DISPLAY: The giant skull of a fin whale

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THE giant skull of the first fin whale ever recorded in Dorset has been preserved as part of a display in the county.

The skull, which is part of a display at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre in Kimmeridge, belongs to a juvenile fin whale washed up at Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve in October 2012.

Dorset Wildlife Trust marine awareness officer Julie Hatcher, who helped recover the fin whale, said: “The exhibition is a really unique way of learning more about fin whales and what more we can do to protect them. Even though our skull is that of a juvenile, its body was still nearly 14 metres in length which helps put into perspective just how big these animals are.”

She added: “Whilst it’s exciting that we can still see marine giants such as whales and dolphins here in Dorset, there was a time when they were much more common. “We believe that we could get back more of these big marine animals by protecting their important feeding and nursery grounds through a national network of Marine Conservation Zones.”

Known as the ‘greyhounds of the sea’, fin whales can swim up to 30mph in short bursts when alarmed, or at an average speed of 18mph during migration, when they cover around 90 miles per day. They are the second largest animal on the planet after the blue whale, and can measure up to 27 metres long and weigh up to 85 tonnes.

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12:22pm Fri 25 Jul 14

wearegoingup says...

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7:50pm Fri 25 Jul 14

SwashDiver says...

Good that the skull has finally been saved for posterity, but a shame it was left (as just a skull) on the beach where it originally stranded for over a year! I appreciate the issues regarding its legal protection and possible health risks, but surely something could have been done earlier, when it was in far better condition?
Good that the skull has finally been saved for posterity, but a shame it was left (as just a skull) on the beach where it originally stranded for over a year! I appreciate the issues regarding its legal protection and possible health risks, but surely something could have been done earlier, when it was in far better condition? SwashDiver
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11:01am Sat 26 Jul 14

Minty Fresh says...

wearegoingup wrote:
'does on display'........????

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Toby Anonymous must be asleep under his desk in Weymouth again.
Echo: have any of you ever heard of proof reading?
Apparently not. Clowns.
[quote][p][bold]wearegoingup[/bold] wrote: 'does on display'........???? ????[/p][/quote]Toby Anonymous must be asleep under his desk in Weymouth again. Echo: have any of you ever heard of proof reading? Apparently not. Clowns. Minty Fresh
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