Whales Fab Fact 10: leftover legs
Whales don’t have external hind limbs. Their hind limb bones are reduced in both number and size.
The large male sperm whale on display has a tiny remnant femur (thigh bone) fused to its pelvic bone.
The two sperm whale skeletons during installation of Whales|Tohorā.
Kāore he kaupeka o waho, o muri hoki ō te tohorā. Kua whakaitihia te maha me te rahi o ngā wheua o ngā kaupeka o muri.
Kei te pāraoa toa rahi e whakaaturia ana tētahi pūkaka pakuriki kua honoa ki tōna wheua papatioake.
Visit Whales | Tohorā before 11 May and look for the leftover femur bones on the large male sperm whale skeleton.