Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology: Bobby the whale and Attenborough

Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology: Bobby the whale and Attenborough

Bobby the fin whale presides over the reopening of Cambridge University’s zoology museum – with David Attenborough putting the final specimen in place

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The mortal remains of Bobby the fin whale, who beached at Pevensey Bay in Sussex in 1865

Typical. You wait years for an enormous whale skeleton to be hung in the entrance hall of a museum, then two come along at once.

First it was the Natural History Museum in London, which last summer unveiled the bones of a 25-metre blue whale suspended from the vaulted ceiling of its entrance hall.

Now the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology has followed suit with a 21-metre fin whale skeleton, which completely fills the space above your …

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