CHINA’S MASSIVE GRAY WHALE SPECIMEN FOUND IN 2011

China’s largest gray whale specimen on display in Xiamen
Updated: 09 Jun 2014

The gray whale specimen, which is 13.9 meters long and weighs in at 21 tons, is the largest stranded gray whale that was found in China’s sea area in 2011.

On June 6th, the Whale and Dolphin Pavilion opened in the Third Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration in Xiamen, and China’s largest gray whale specimen was unveiled in the pavilion, according to reports.

The gray whale specimen, which is 13.9 meters long and weighs in at 21 tons, is the largest stranded gray whale that was found in China’s sea area in 2011. It was discovered dead by a fisherman in Pingtan in Fujian Province and then sent to the oceanic institute in Xiamen.

According to a researcher in the oceanic institute, the gray whale is an endangered species and there are now only 130 wild gray whales in the sea. The gray whale, which has an existence history of about 30 million years, can live about 50 to 60 years.

The Whale and Dolphin Pavilion, occupying an area of 600 square meters, is the first of its kind in China, and over 200 other oceanic specimens are on show in the pavilion. It opened to the public for free from June 8th, however, an advance reservation is required to visit.
Third Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration Add: No.178, Daxue Road, Siming District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-2195201
Website: http://www.tio.org.cn/default.aspx


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