Balbriggan Maritime Museum Marks World Biodiversity Day with Whale & Dolphin Exhibition

May 8, 2013 0

Balbriggan Maritime Museum has opened a new public display in Balbriggan Tourist Office on Quay Street near Balbriggan Harbour. On show is a Whale and Dolphin Exhibition, bones, models and general information to celebrate the biodiversity of sea mammals off the coast. This follows the previous popular ‘Cannon Balls Exhibition’.

Balbriggan Maritime Museum volunteers, John Daly (Fisherman / Committee Member), Johnny Woodlock (Treasurer / Marine Conservationist), Trevor Sargent (Chairperson) and Frank Duffy (Secretary)

Balbriggan Maritime Museum volunteers, John Daly (Fisherman / Committee Member), Johnny Woodlock (Treasurer / Marine Conservationist), Trevor Sargent (Chairperson) and Frank Duffy (Secretary)

Appropriately, ‘Water & Biodiversity’ is the theme of the 2013 International Day for Biological Diversity which falls on Wednesday, 22nd May.

Balbriggan Maritime Museum volunteers have assembled bones from many sea animals, such as a vertebra from a Fin Whale, the second largest whale in the world growing to 88 ft in length. No wonder this bone is too heavy for one person to lift! The Humpback Whale model, in real life, is about half the length of a Fin Whale and weighs only 40 tonnes! Even so, Humpback Whales, which are seen in the Irish Sea, would be too big to fit into Balbriggan Courthouse!

Smaller skulls from Common Dolphin, Pilot Whale and Grey Seal, as well as a Minke Whale jawbone can also be examined during May when this Whale and Dolphin Exhibition will be on display from Tuesday to Sunday when the Balbriggan Tourist Office is open.