Blue whale

Description
Baleen from a locally caught whale. Records state the following: ‘Found floating dead in the Channel and landed at Teignmouth (Ness Cove) on 11th January 1875’. ‘This specimen measured 50 feet 6 inches in length. It was choked by feeding on sprats and pilchards, its gullet being full of scales. The bones were purchased for £5.10s.0d. Cleaning and removal to Exeter cost £7.10s.0d. Mounting on a stand cost £7.2s.6d. Towards this the E.N.C & A.S. [Exeter Naturalists Club and Archaeological Society] gave £10 and the balance was paid by W.S.M.D’Urban, Curator’.
Accession Loan No.
AN37g/1
Collection Class
Mammals
Common Name
blue whale
Simple Name
mammal: bone
Full Name
BALAENOPTERIDAE: Balaenoptera musculus (Linnaeus): blue whale
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Family Group

Collection Town
Teignmouth
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
CHORDATA: Vertebrata
Family
BALAENOPTERIDAE
Genus
Balaenoptera
Species
sp

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