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The time is now to make your mark!

The majestic blue whale is the largest animal to have existed, sitting at the top of the ocean’s food pyramid. Growing to be more than 100 feet long and weighing as much as 200 tons, the blue whale plays a critical role in maintaining our oceans.

Despite its size and significance, the blue whale is an endangered species. Reducing the threat to this extraordinary marine mammal requires research and public education to help guide better policy and practice.

That’s why, when a deceased blue whale washed up on the shores of Liverpool, Nova Scotia in 2017, two Dalhousie professors seized the opportunity to turn this tragic loss into a meaningful and educational experience for students, and the community.

The bones of the blue whale have been prepared and preserved by Dalhousie students and faculty, and are now being prepped to be mounted in the atrium of Dal’s Steele Ocean Sciences Building in the fall of 2022! With this permanent new fixture, Dal will join the ranks of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Natural History Museum in London in displaying blue whale skeletons as an educational tool and a poignant reminder of the care we must take to protect our oceans.

Dive In: The Blue Whale Project continues to raise funds to help support the time and resources needed to bring this project to life. Your donation will attach your name or the name of the loved one to the project, becoming part of this important community exhibit.

A number of bones are still available! Make your mark today!

For more information about donating, please contact Clare MacDermott, Annual Fund Manager, at clare.macdermott@dal.ca

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Blue whale to soar through the air in Halifax by this fall, Saltwire, June 10th 2022

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Sophia Foley

Sarah Varley

What a wonderful project!

Rod & Robin MacLennan

REG MACLEOD

Terence Bassett was my father-in-law and he had a great interest in whales of all types. This donation is in his memory.

Douglas Chaytor

My inscription recognizes my uncle, Capt. Johan Carlson Borgen, an internationally prominent whaling captain in the first half of the 20th century. I still remember him saying that there needed to be a stop put to the killing of whales.

Roderick Kelly

Saving the planet one species at a time! Roderick Kelly

Graham Doyle

Keep up the good work.

Chris Moore

To Dr. Chris Moore, In appreciation for your leadership and dedication as Dean of the Faculty of Science from July 2009 to August 2021. The Dean’s Office Crew

Danny Shires

Alicia Daley

Alan Sutherland

Great to see all the work being done to preserve and inform about ocean creatures. Keep swimming.!!

Dale Levandier

Significant advances in knowledge happen occasionally through chance, unanticipated events: the recovery of a Copper Age "glacier mummy" or the discovery of a blue whale carcass on the beach. It is a credit to the researchers who recognize these opportunities.

Jennifer Feenstra

Lillian Pothier

Great idea. Excited to see the exhibit.

Nancy Hayter

What a great science project. Looking forward to seeing the final exhibit next year.

Sarah E Stevenson

David Barclay

In honour of Danielle Moore, from the faculty and students in the Department of Oceanography.

Anne Timmins

Laurena MacAdam

Hon. Wilfred P. Moore

To repeat my statement in the Senate of Canada in January 2016 as sponsor of Bill S-203 (end captivity of whales and dolphins): "Whales and dolphins do not belong in swimming pools."