|The 94-foot long blue whale is one of the Museum's star attractions. It's a replica of a whale
captured in 1925 off South Georgia Island at the southern tip of South America. The whale has been in the Hall of Ocean Life since 1969. Suspended from the ceiling of the
Hall, the whale swims in a "virtual ocean." Above your head, blue light shimmers as if it's filtering down through water. Lights, video, and the sound of whales singing
make you feel like you are right there, submerged in the middle of the ocean with the whale.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, hunters looking for whale blubber almost sent the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) into extinction. But thanks
to a worldwide ban on whale hunting in the 1960s, blue whale populations have started to grow again.