Dangling Pelvic Bones

A spectacular skeleton of the world’s largest animal—Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)—hangs in the atrium of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC, open today for a preview showing before their October 16th official opening.

Found dead on a Prince Edward Island beach—believed killed by a collision with a ship—this 150 ton, 25 meter long female was buried in 1987, excavated in 2007 and shipped to BC (Victoria) to be cleaned and prepared for this exhibit.

Dangling mid-backbone—looking like a pair of wooden fighter planes—are the blue whale’s vestigial remnants of hind legs. The display simply identifies them as:

“Two small pelvic bones are what’s left of the rear legs of whales’ land-dwelling ancestors.”

In these dangling pelvic bones, small and powerful evidence of an astounding concept.

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3 comments on “Dangling Pelvic Bones”

  1. Watch a clip here of the beached whale in 1987:

  2. I think the best thing about this post is the title you gave it: Dangling Pelvic Bones.


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