The majestic blue whale is the largest animal to have ever existed. It can grow to be more than 100 feet long and weigh as much as 200 tons. Blue whales are at the top of the food pyramid and are essential to maintaining the overall health of the ocean.

Yet, despite their size and significance, the blue whale is an endangered species. Protecting this extraordinary marine mammal requires research and public education to guide policy and practice in order to reduce threats.

That’s why, when a blue whale washed up on the shores of Liverpool in 2017, two Dalhousie professors seized the opportunity to turn this tragic loss into a meaningful research and learning experience for students and a stunning public display.

Dive In: The Blue Whale Project is raising funds to support the time and resources dedicated to the restoration, articulation and presentation of the bones. The vision is to have the entire skeleton assembles and suspended in the atrium of the Steele Ocean Sciences Building. Dalhousie will join the ranks of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Natural History Museum in London in displaying blue whale skeletons as an educational tool and a poignant reminder of the care we must all take to protect the ocean and its creatures.

With a total project cost of $335,200.00, this fundraising campaign offers you a chance to name a bone of the blue whale. Funds raised will support the efforts, time and materials required to execute this project.

Interested in naming the blue whale or the skull? Please contact Clare MacDermott at Clare.MacDermott@Dal.Ca.


Our campaign has been featured! Check out these past articles:

“Dalhousie scientists wrangle blue whale bones to create 3D model” as featured in The Chronicle Herald on June 13, 2019

“NS researchers hoping to reel in bucks to help fund massive whale display” as featured in The Star on June 14, 2019


The launch!

June 7, 2019

We are so excited to launch Dive In: The Blue Whale Project to inspire future generations to save blue whales and our oceans! Join us and become an advocate for blue whales today!


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Alan Sutherland

Great to see all the work being done to preserve and inform about ocean creatures. Keep swimming.!!

Dale Levandier

Significant advances in knowledge happen occasionally through chance, unanticipated events: the recovery of a Copper Age "glacier mummy" or the discovery of a blue whale carcass on the beach. It is a credit to the researchers who recognize these opportunities.

Jennifer Feenstra

Lillian Pothier

Great idea. Excited to see the exhibit.

Nancy Hayter

What a great science project. Looking forward to seeing the final exhibit next year.

Sarah E Stevenson

David Barclay

In honour of Danielle Moore, from the faculty and students in the Department of Oceanography.

Anne Timmins

Laurena MacAdam

Hon. Wilfred P. Moore

To repeat my statement in the Senate of Canada in January 2016 as sponsor of Bill S-203 (end captivity of whales and dolphins): "Whales and dolphins do not belong in swimming pools."

Jane Ritcey

Donald Maynard

Dal Biology of the 70's and 80's was the fuel for the curiosity that opened the world of science to me.

Graham Doyle

This will enable faculty and students to learn more about this large whale.

Isabelle Aube

"As a teacher, I am always learning. The Blue Whale Project is a great example of this."

Laura Wood Jacoby

Ian&Caroline Wood

Jill Hayden

Donated on behalf of the Dalhousie BACK Program, a Dal Med team doing research on back pain. We support this initiative to raise awareness about the connection between environmental sustainability and human health. And yes, we named a BACK bone!

Owen Sherwood

What an honour to support this amazing educational opportunity for the Dal community.

Adrienne Junek

What a great way to give back to science, oceanography, and the study of our planet.

Donald Ross

Katherine Kerley

For the love of the ocean, to inspire future scientists.

Alex Mifflin

Franklin Schwing

As an alumni (PhD 9189) I recognize the great education Dalhousie provided me and generations of scientists who are making a difference for society and our environment.

Paula Mercer

Laura Pritchard

Joanna Butler

I think that this is a great project that helps to educate all of us about the blue whale through the collection, restoration and display of this magnificent animal's skeleton at the ocean sciences building at Dal. I am glad to be able to help push the project forward in a small way.

Sarah Chamberlain

Catherine Schram

Deanna Ferguson

What a wonderful initiative!

Mary-Jane O’Halloran

Shyamal Bose

Marine Affairs Program

Kyoko Ohashi

Nancy McAllister-Irwin

Hope for the future of my grandchildren

Christine Chambers

On behalf of Solutions for Kids in Pain

Christine Chambers

christopher taggart

Brilliant, make no bones about that. Brilliant blue.

Alex Speed

Best of success in this project!

Jennifer Pierce

I really love whales and I think it's really cool that I'll be able to see a real whale skeleton." - Jefferson, age 6

Susan Baldwin

Jocelyne Churchill

Kevin MacDonell

Stephanie Lewis

Yvonne and I are proud Alumni who met here at Dal and are thrilled to be a part of this project, even from afar. What a beautiful initiative!

Kate Somers

Thrilled to support this project - such an exciting opportunity for Dal students.

Grace Lee

What a wonderful initiative! Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this project!