26 January 2007
Thames Whale on display
The presence of a female Northern Bottlenose whale in the Thames last January was a major media event which drew thousands to the riverside for a brief glimpse of her. Despite a rescue attempt she died on 21 January during her third day in the river.
The Sun newspaper launched a campaign to raise money towards the cost of preparing and storing the bones at the National History Museum and they are now looked after in its scientific research collection. This week the skeleton has been on display at the Guardian/Observer Visitor Centre. It will then be returned to the museum's research collection which is not on display to the public. Due to the rarity of the species, it ise the first complete Northern Bottlenose Whale skeleton to enter the UK's national collection of animal skeletons.
It was not easy to take photographs: a reflective glass case, no flash photography allowed(not a bad move with a reflective case come to think of it) and no tripod. Ah well at least I was able to salvage a few shots