February 20th: World Whale Day!

Today is World Whale Day (20th February)

We are privileged to have one of the magnificent mammals in our collection.

The Royal Pavilion & Museums Review, David Bellamy with our Orca, 1990
The Royal Pavilion & Museums Review, David Bellamy with our Orca, 1990

The female Orca whale was washed ashore opposite the Brighton Aquarium, 22nd May 1935. The cause of death was evidently a blow from the bow or screw of a ship. The estimated time of death was 14th May 1935.

Accession Register Entry for our Orca, 1935
Accession Register Entry for our Orca, 1935
Our Orca when on display in the Booth Museum

If you’re in Falmouth, why not pop into the National Maritime Museum and see our Brighton Orca, whose skeleton is the centrepiece of their fantastic Monsters of the Deep exhibition!

A whale selfie from the Booth staff

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Lee Ismail, Curator of Natural Sciences  

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