The Blue Whale
MAGNT has an exciting opportunity to reinstate the spectacular 25m Blue Whale skeleton to the newly refurbished Colin Jack-Hinton Maritime Gallery.
The endangered Blue Whale is the largest animal known to have ever lived. MAGNT holds in its collection an incredible 25m blue whale skeleton, the only known Blue Whale specimen to have charted Northern Territory waters.
This skeleton has not been on display to the public since 1999, but is still affectionately remembered by the local community. It represents the only known specimen of this endangered species from Northern Territory waters.
Your donation will enable MAGNT to carry out an estimated 500 hours of hard work. This involves the transport, meticulously cleaning, fabricating & preparing the bones for display for future generations to enjoy.
Blue Whale skeleton at MAGNT Bullocky Point, before repair work, 1991.
The 25m Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) skeleton was recovered from a mangrove forest on the east side of Cape Hotham (near the Adelaide River mouth) in the mid-1980s.
Some of the vertebrae had been souvenired by fisherman and other visitors to the area. Museum staff collected the ribs and the remaining vertebrae by boat. The skull and one of the lower jaw bones were recovered with the assistance of an Australian Army helicopter and crew.
As Blue Whales have 64 vertebrae, 11 are known to be missing from this specimen. The total weight of the bones equate to an enormous 3,805kg!
Blue Whale skeleton on the north wall of the Dr Colin Jack-Hinton Maritime Gallery, circa 1995
Help us to restore the Northern Territory's
treasured Blue Whale skeleton
Donations raised through Encounter: Deep Blue will be directed towards the restoration of the Blue Whale skeleton and other important MAGNT projects for our community.
Be part of this unique collective and purchase your piece of history. At the fundraising gala, a limited opportunity to purchase a part of the skeleton will be made available.
On this occasion, you won't be able to take your piece of the skeleton home with you as a memento of your evening, but your contribution to the restoration will be noted for time and memorial on a plaque, once the skeleton is restored and re-installed in the Colin Jack-Hinton Maritime Gallery.
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a not-for-profit organisation. The Northern Territory's premier cultural and scientific institution relies on the generous contributions of donors and corporate partners to continue its important work for future generations.