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The story of the blue whale


64 Pages, 6.75 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.99 (US $12.99) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: February 2020

ISBN 9780565094775

Rights: US & CA

Natural History Museum, London (Feb 2020)

Price: $12.99


Named as a symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future, this is the story of one blue whale's history, restoration, and the science it has revealed

Hope is the new icon of the Natural History Museum, a stunning 9,000 pound, 82-foot-long blue whale skeleton. Suspended by steel wires and captured in a majestic swooping posture, her reconstruction is a work of art as well as a feat of engineering. Her story begins in 1891 when she was found beached off the coast of Ireland. A lucrative find for a local fisherman, her skeletal remains were sold to the Museum. The project to restore her took three years to complete, including 10 months of painstaking laboratory work to clean and repair each of her 221 bones. Combining the latest scientific research into the blue whale with behind-the-scenes imagery, this book sheds new light on the largest creature ever to have lived on Earth. 

Author Biography

Lorraine Cornish is Head of Conservation at the Natural History Museum. She led the installation of Hope's 4.5-ton skeleton. Richard Sabin is the Principle Curator for Mammals at the Natural History Museum.