Story of whales told in life sized exhibit

David Schofield
David Schofield

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The whale that turned up on a North Shore beach this month has sparked more intrest in marine mammals. A traveling exhibit in Honolulu tackles these wonders of the ocean.

The 54-million year old story of whales is told through a life-size robotic exhibit at the Bishop Museum.

Leon Geschwind is a Science Educator at the museum.

"We actually touch on a number of different whales from the humpback whale to the wright whale to the blue whale and then to the sperm whale," he said.

The hands on traveling exhibit runs through September 21st.

"When it breathes, things are actually coming out of their blowhole at 300 miles per hour so that's pretty incredible, they can see how it eats as the jaw moves up and down," Geschwind said.

He says most Humpback Whales chew out of the right side of their mouth. The exhibit takes you through the evolution of whales, starting with the Andrewsarcas. Scientists believe an ugly looking dog was the predecessor to whales.

The exhibit also has their own version of American Idol called Cetacean Idol, where you can do your own ballad with your favorite whale.

David Schofield from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be the guest speaker this Saturday at a whale lecture series.

"He's going to be giving a talk on whales some of the management and some of the conservation issues behind whales and dolphins and he'll be also going into the stranding that occurred up in Kahuku," Geschwind said.

He says this month's beached Sperm Whale on the North Shore has sparked more public interests in these gentle giants.