Tale of the whale to wow museum visitors

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VISITORS at a museum will be able to see the bare bones of the famous whale which swam into the River Thames.

Tring’s Natural History Museum unveils its exhibition of The Thames Whale Story on Saturday – marking five years since a northern bottlenose died in the river.

It was the first of its species to be seen in the river since museum scientists began recording strandings almost 100 years ago.

Richard Sabin, senior curator of mammals at the Natural History Museum, said: “Scientists from all over the world will use this specimen for research. Gaining new specimens is very important to modern science to find out more about how the world is developing and changing.”

Visitors can follow the dramatic three days in which the whale managed to get miles from its North Atlantic home, before it died as it was taken back to sea on a barge.

The Akeman Street attraction will be holding family activities and gallery trails.

The exhibition will run until May 2 and will be open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and from 2-5pm on Sunday. Find out more by visiting www.nhm.ac.uk/tring or by calling 020 7942 6171.