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The Sound of Ideas

The Surprising History of Whales

Posted Thursday, October 18, 2012

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It is political season and candidates are trolling for votes. Whether you're already on someone's hook or not, you may be looking for a little respite from the daily campaign grind. So let's take a break and go whale watching. That's right, whales. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is set to open a new exhibit on whales. We'll learn all about them -- and won't even think about their tax bracket. Join host Mike McIntyre for a whale of a tale.

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The skeletons of male and female (foreground) sperm whales.  Courtesy: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Whales started out as land animals. Here's a distant ancestor called <i>pakicetus attocki</i>. A variety of whale skulls. A life size mock-up of a blue whale's heart.  Blue whales are the largest animals. A New Zealand invention: a pontoon device used to float stranded whales to deeper water.

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Arts and Culture, History, Natural Sciences, Community/Human Interest

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Pat Stodart, exhibit tour manager, Whales
Mark Sykes, collection manager, Whales
Harvey Webster, director of wildlife resources, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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