Whales main content.


The massive and awe-inspiring mammals have long played a vital role in the lives of coastal peoples around the world. 

Drawn from the Museum’s rich archives and collections, the resources below include the story of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life’s beloved blue whale, video about the rarest whales on Earth, and Antarctic explorer Herbert Ponting’s chilling account of being hunted by a pod of killer whales. 

Blog Post Andrewsarchus, "Superb Skull of a Gigantic Beast" In 1923, in Inner Mongolia, a young paleontological assistant on a fossil-finding expedition came upon “the superb skull of a... July 3, 2013 Blog Post The Museum's Blue Whale Model When the Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life re-opened to the public in 2003, the newly renovated gallery was tr... May 17, 2013 Educator Materials Rubber Blubber Gloves If you've ever dipped your toes in the ocean, you know the water can be downright chilly. So how do whales and walruses manag... Video Beluga Whales Endangered in Alaska The federal government is protecting a small group of Alaskan beluga whales before it gets any smaller. Blog Post The Most Uncommon Whales? Most of us know about blue whales, sperm whales, and dolphins (a type of specialized whale). But what about beaked whales, an... March 11, 2013 Video Whales Give Dolphins a Lift Scientists observe dolphins and whales at play in Hawaiian waters. Blog Post Ancient DNA Reveals Arctic Whale Mysteries A team of researchers has published the first range-wide genetic analysis of the bowhead whale—a baleen whale that lives in A... October 24, 2012   Getting A Leg Up On Whale And Dolphin Evolution New Comprehensive Analysis Sheds Light On The Origin Of Cetaceans When the ancestors of living cetaceans--whales, dolphins and porpoises--first dipped their toes into water, a series of evolu... Article Great White South by Herbert G. Ponting Ponting is one of the best photographers to have documented Antarctica. He was also a fine travel writer. Read an excerpt fro... Exhibit Sperm Whale and Giant Squid The squid and whale diorama depicts a sperm whale clashing with its prey, a giant squid. The giant squid had never been seen... Video Rarest Whale on Earth Identified in New Zealand DNA evidence identifies the world’s rarest whale. Blog Post Watch Time-Lapse Video of Blue Whale Cleaning at the Museum he Museum’s 94-foot-long blue whale received a good scrub earlier this week. Visitors who didn’t make it to the Museum’s Mils... September 9, 2011 Educator Professional Learning Onto Land and Back: Dr. Maureen O'Leary Studies Whale Evolution Whales abandoned dry land over 50 million years ago to recolonize the sea. And they look nothing like the ancestors they left...

Support for the development of Science Topics was generously provided by Sidney and Helaine Lerner, GRACE Communications Foundation.