Posts tagged with Whales

We had a whale of a time…

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On Monday evening 40 or so children had a blast in the Whales|Tohorā exhibition being “Dolphin Detectives”, all thanks to the Friends of Te Papa. Anton van Helden, Te Papa’s marine mammal scientist, was assisted by the kids and his four specially equipped assistants (complete with dolphin dorsal fins). We divided everyone up into four teams – the sperm… Read more »

Rawiri Paratene – advocate for whales

Rawiri Paratene is well known to New Zealand audiences – as an actor, student activist, and more recently as one of the stars of the movie Whale Rider. You can see Rawiri playing Koro in the film Whale Rider in this video clip on Te Ara: Following the success of Whale Rider, Rawiri has… Read more »

Whales – school holiday fun! Number 2


Colour in a cool cetacean cartoon! Another awesome whale cartoon from Anton van Helden, Te Papa’s marine mammal scientist. Just click on the picture, print it out, and colour however you like – spots, rainbows, stripes…! Wacky whales (pdf, 426 KB) See if you can name all the whales in the picture. If you need… Read more »

Science Express – Whales research

Science Express takes place on the first Thursday of every month, here at Te Papa. On Thursday 3 April, Anton van Helden, Te Papa’s Collection Manager, Marine Mammals, talked about current whale research. Listen to Anton’s talk here: Media no longer available The next Science Express, on Thursday 1 May, also links to whales. If… Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 6

Blue whale cartoon

Whales Fab Fact 5: big is big… Big whales mean big genitals! A blue whale’s penis can be 3 metres (10 feet) long and 30 centimetres (12 inches) in diameter. The testicles of a blue whale can weigh 45 kilograms (100 pounds) each! Ka whai taihemahema nui ngā tohorā nui! E 3 mita pea te… Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 5

Whales Fab Fact 5: whales are clever! Large animals often have large brains. Dolphins have disproportionately large brains compared to their body size – just like humans. Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent. They belong to a handful of mammals that can recognise themselves in a mirror. This group includes humans, some apes, and some… Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 4

Whales Fab Fact 4: Whale babies Blue whales have the biggest babies in the world! They are more than 7 metres (23 feet) long at birth and weigh 2722 kilograms (3 tons). Did you know? Baby whales don’t suckle like humans. The mother whale forces milk out of her nipple hidden in the mammary slit…. Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 3

Blue whale and a 737

Whales Fab Fact 3: blue whales are big! The blue whale is one of the biggest animals that ever lived on earth. It grows up to 30 metres (98 feet) long and can weigh over 150 tonnes (165 tons). Despite their enormous size, very little is known about blue whales. Their routes through the ocean… Read more »