The time is now to make your mark!

The majestic blue whale is the largest animal to have existed, sitting at the top of the ocean’s food pyramid. Growing to be more than 100 feet long and weighing as much as 200 tons, the blue whale plays a critical role in maintaining our oceans.

Despite its size and significance, the blue whale is an endangered species. Reducing the threat to this extraordinary marine mammal requires research and public education to help guide better policy and practice.

That’s why, when a deceased blue whale washed up on the shores of Liverpool, Nova Scotia in 2017, two Dalhousie professors seized the opportunity to turn this tragic loss into a meaningful and educational experience for students, and the community.

The bones of the blue whale have been prepared and preserved by Dalhousie students and faculty, and are now being prepped to be mounted in the atrium of Dal’s Steele Ocean Sciences Building in the fall of 2022! With this permanent new fixture, Dal 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 take to protect our oceans.

Dive In: The Blue Whale Project continues to raise funds to help support the time and resources needed to bring this project to life. Your donation will attach your name or the name of the loved one to the project, becoming part of this important community exhibit.

A number of bones are still available! Make your mark today!

For more information about donating, please contact Clare MacDermott, Annual Fund Manager, at


Blue whale to soar through the air in Halifax by this fall, Saltwire, June 10th 2022


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!