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. 

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