Two blue whale hearts
Enjoying the inside of the life-size model of a blue whale heart
The model of the blue whale heart in the Whales|Tohorā exhibition is the actual size of a blue whale’s heart! That’s about the size of a small car…
The heart model is one of the most popular parts of the exhibition. It’s so well loved by children crawling into it, that we’ve had to go and make another one, ready for the worldwide tour of the exhibition.
We need to test the new heart model to see if it can stand up to lots of kids crawling through. So we’ve put it on display in NatureSpace at Te Papa. For the next week or so – at least until the Whales exhibition closes on 11 May - we’ll be the only museum in the world with TWO life-sized models of a blue whale heart!!!
Isn’t that amazing.
(and we’ve got a colossal squid…)
Did you know?
A blue whale’s heart can weigh up to 640 kilograms (1410 pounds).
A small child could crawl through the blue whale’s largest blood vessel.