Dippy has been guarding the central hall of London’s Natural History Museum for more than 100 years. However, the board of the institution decided that the 105-foot statue of a Diplodocus carnegii skeleton deserves a well-earned retirement. From now on, the watch guard will be in the enormous flippers of a blue whale.
London’s Natural History Museum Has a New Mission in Mind
The first thing visitors are going to see once they enter London’s most famous museum is the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth. This is about a blue whale and its majestic dimensions. Only by looking at it, people are aware that they are in the presence of a miracle of the natural world. The marine mammal has already taken the place of the iconic Dippy that had been watching over the institution since May 12, 1905.
This sudden change intends to highlight a new direction for the organization. The museum wants to get rid of the dust of the past and take a more refreshing look. Therefore, it is going to uncover more exhibits and educational facts about the living science. This move implies turning off the lime lights for old fossils.
The gigantic skeleton of a blue whale will be dubbed as “Hope.” This decision marks people’s ability to build a sustainable future against all odds, as it already did before. While there are no more Diplodocus carnegii or other dinosaurs walking on this planet, there are still some blue whales left. However, this species is struggling with extinction. For decades such creatures were hunted down for profit.
As a consequence, London’s Natural History Museum wants to send a signal of alarm to everyone who enters its doors. While there’s nothing left to do for dinosaurs, people can still make a change for blue whales.
The New Exhibit Called Hope Comes with a Compelling Story from the Past
The history behind the institution’s exhibit is representative of the fate of its entire species. At its death, the marine mammal was sold for £250. Its oil became fuel while its meat headed to the pet trade. Afterward, the remaining skeleton reached the museum in March 1892. Since 1938, Hope has been the main attraction in the mammal’s gallery.
Behind this change was the museum’s principal curator of mammals, Richard Sabin. He confessed that his whole life changed at the age of 10 when he visited the same institution he works for now. He came up with the idea to display the marine mammal in central hall and arrange it as in a true-to-life lunge-feeding position.
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