Learn more about the blue whale

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, University of British Columbia

Size and Anatomy
Whales and their Relatives
Big Blue’s Story

The blue whale is an adult female that washed up on a beach on Prince Edward Island in 1987. The skeleton was recovered in 2008 by a team led by Andrew Trites, the director of marine mammal research at UBC. Over the next two years, the oil was removed from the bones, and the skeleton was repaired and assembled in Victoria by Mike deRoos, Michi Main, and a multi-talented group of builders and artists. The skeleton is the largest articulated blue whale in Canada.