Whales: Giants of the Deep

Friday, May 20, 2011 to Monday, January 16, 2012

This exhibition requires a special ticket.

Did you know that a blue whale is the same size as a 737 airplane, or that its tongue alone weighs more than a whole elephant?  Did you also know that gray whales migrate over 12,000 miles a year, farther than any other mammal known?  For years, we have wondered over whales from afar.  Now, immerse yourself in their vibrant underwater world and discover an order of the mightiest animals on Earth like none before them.  Dive to the depths of the sea with a mighty sperm whale in the hunt for giant squid.  Climb into and explore a life-sized whale heart.  Stand before two massive whale skeletons – each longer than a school bus.  Listen to the voices of different whales and see how they use sound to navigate, find food, and communicate with each other.  And meet people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales – from legendary South Pacific whale riders to whale scientists and former whaling families.  Discover why whales continue to intrigue, astound, and inspire us, only at The Field Museum.