In 2001, the Museum’s famous blue whale model did not look as it does today. First constructed in the mid-1960s, the model was based on photographs of a female blue whale that had been found dead in 1925. At the time, little was known about what blue whales looked like in the wild.
By the time the Hall of Ocean Life closed for renovation in 2002, Museum artists had many photographs and footage of live whales on which to base their work. They flattened the model’s once-overly bulging eyes, accurately redesigned the whale’s blowholes, and tapered the tail. Using about 25 gallons of cobalt and cerulean blue paint, the team also recolored and respotted the grayish blue whale.
When the Irma and Paul Milstein Hall of Ocean Life reopened in 2003, the newly renovated gallery was transformed. Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of this beloved hall on Sunday, May 19, at the family-friendly Milstein Science Series: Whales.
Mongolian reptiles and amphibians now on my blog at http://foxstudio.biz/2013/02/18/mongolia-monday-reptiles-and-amphibians/
Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia — I was staying with a family in a yurt, on the outskirts of Ulaan Baatar. Their son Todo plays the Morin Khuur, a traditional Mongolian stringed instrument, said to be the precursor of the violin. Todo was practicing one day. I sat listening.
“What’s this song about?” I ask him.
A few minutes later he’s playing a new song.
“And this one, what’s it about?”
He continues practicing.
“Is this one about a horse too?”
So this guy was walking through the middle of Arcata last Saturday morning with his two pet yaks….