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Legends of the Halls: Washed Ashore – The Museum’s Blue Whale Skeleton

At Zoom

February 25, 2021 / 5:30 PM–6:30 PM

Presented by the Leadership Circles of Giving

Join us for the continuation of this online Members-only series focusing on some of the amazing past events and people of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the impacts they had in shaping who we are today.

Some natural history museums have iconic dinosaur skeletons. We have a skeleton of the largest animal to ever exist on Earth: the Blue Whale. Weighing in at nearly 7,700 pounds (a tiny fraction of the total body weight), Chad is one of only five complete Blue Whale skeletons on exhibit in the United States.

Follow our whale from its first discovery washed ashore on a beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base, to its home and curation at the Museum, to how it got the name Chad. President & CEO Luke J. Swetland, Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Zoology Paul Collins, M.A., Restoration Specialist Chris Orr, and Director of Exhibits and Education Frank Hein will bring the story of our Blue Whale to life.

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