Kids have a 'whale' of a time at Marion's Natural History Museum

Feb 17, 2018
Photo by: Elizabeth Leidhold Dr. Michael Moore of the Woods Hole Marine Institute shows a minke whale baleen to children at Marion's Natural History Museum.

To the Editor:

On Valentines Day, the Marion Natural History Museum's after-school group had a chance to learn about Humpback and Right whales. Dr. Moore, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, showed the students how a drone may be used to collect the whale's spout, which can be used to determine the health of the whale.

We also had a chance to view bubble-netting practices of humpback whales, see how baleen plates fit in a whales' mouth, and discussed some of the hazards the whales face due to entanglements in fishing gear. Many thanks to Dr. Moore for sharing his experiences with us.

Elizabeth Leidhold

Director, Natural History Museum

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