Blue Whale Exhibit

Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on earth. They rarely strand on beaches, and very few skeletons have been recovered for research or display. Worldwide, only 21 are available to the public for viewing. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is home to Canada's largest blue whale skeleton, a magnificent specimen that illustrates the interconnectedness of all living things.

Learn more about these amazing animals on our About Blue Whales page.

Raising Big Blue

Raising Big Blue aired on Discovery Channel June 5, 2011.

Mark Miller Productions and the Discovery Channel present this documentary feature following the story of our blue whale skeleton from PEI to Victoria to Vancouver. See the behind-the-scenes drama involved in recovering, cleaning, and restoring the skeleton of the largest creature on earth. 

Raising Blue Blue is now playing daily in the museum auditorium. Click here for more information and show times.

The Blue Whale Project

On the remote northwestern coast of PEI in 1987, a 26 m long mature female blue whale died and washed ashore near the town of Tignish. After two decades under the red PEI dirt, UBC retrieved the whale to BC to be displayed in the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

Explore the incredible behind-the-scenes story of our blue whale's journey here.


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