Whales Fab Fact 10: leftover legs

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.

 

Sperm whale skeletons during installation

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.

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