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Whale Album: Giants of the Deep

  • Sperm whale and diver

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    CREDIT: © Brandon Cole
  • Exhibition entrance

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/R. Mickens
  • Whale teeth and baleen

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Blue whale heart

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Skeletons of whale ancestors

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Andrewsarchus mongoliensis skull

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/R. Mickens
  • Andrewsarchus mongoliensis skull diagram

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    CREDIT: © Mick Ellison
  • Andrewsarchus mongoliensis illustration

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    CREDIT: © Mick Ellison
  • Pakicetus attocki

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    CREDIT: © Carl Buell, 2006
  • Kutchicetus minimus

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    CREDIT: © Carl Buell 2007
  • South Pacific treasure house

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Paikea, the Whale Rider

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Whale flipper

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Whale Trail station

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Search and Destroy

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • History of whaling

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Whaling logbook

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Whaling

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    CREDIT: © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Greenpeace New Zealand, 2005
  • Sperm whale skeletons

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Whale Songs

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Echolocation diagram

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2007
  • Maori man

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2007
  • Heru (ornamental comb) 1800-1900

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2007
  • Koropepe pendant, 1800-1900

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2007
  • Aurei (cloak pin), 1800-1900

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2007
  • Wahaika (short-handled weapon)

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    CREDIT: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2007
  • Orca whale fluke (Orcinus orca)

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    CREDIT: © Dr Ingrid Visser, Orca Research Trust
  • Stranded whale

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    CREDIT: © Dr Ingrid Visser, Orca Research Trust 1997
  • Hector’s dolphin in fishing net

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    CREDIT: © Dr Stephen Dawson, New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

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    CREDIT: © Dr Ingrid Visser, Orca Research Trust
  • Dolphin skull scrimshaw

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Killer whale mask

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Ivory narwhal carving

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Feast dish

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Beaded killer whale toy

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Soapstone whale carving

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Engraved tusk

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Hunting helmet

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Spoon

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    CREDIT: © AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Double spouted bottle

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    CREDIT: © Courtesy AMNH Division of Anthropology
The male sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is the largest living toothed predator on Earth. Its submarine-like shape is perfectly adapted for deep diving — it can swim down to at least 6,500 feet to feed. The whale’s massive bulbous head is about one-third of the animal’s length. It’s also a massive sound generator that helps the whale navigate.

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