'Whales: Giants of the Deep' exhibit a bit hit at Grand Rapids Public Museum

The latest exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is creating quite a splash with its whale exhibit.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The latest exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is creating quite a splash.  

It's called "Whales:  Giants of the Deep" and it showcases some of the worlds largest mammals. 

Kate Moore, vice president of marketing for the museum says exhibition takes an in-depth look at these marine mammals and the role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. Visitors will see life-size and scale models of whales common to the South Pacific. 

It is one of the largest collection of whale specimens in the world.

"We think we know about whales, we know a dolphin, we know a humpback whale, or maybe a sperm whale but that is all we know.  And actually in fact there are hundreds of species of whales and some of them are on the brink of extinction," explained exhibit manager Pat Stodart.  "The more we know about something the more likely we are to care for it and the more likely we are to bring it back from extinction."

The two items that may get the most attention are two fully-articulated sperm whale skeletons, including one that's 58-feet long.

The exhibit also features a life size replica of the heart of a blue whale, the Earth's largest living creature and several interactive pieces. "The scale of it is such that kids go inside explore all the little games and things we have inside and then stay there for long periods of time unfortunately, but eventually parents do coax them out," said Pat.

"Whales: Giants of the Deep" runs through April 15, 2017.

More information can be found on the Grand Rapids Public Museum's website.

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