Whale - Locality: Maastricht

An exhibit in the Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht has housed a well-kept secret for many years: a number of broken whale vertebrae and the …

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An exhibit in the Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht has housed a well-kept secret for many years: a number of broken whale vertebrae and the ribs of an ancient whale. They were found in 1979 in the former ENCI quarry at Sint-Pietersberg in Maastricht. It was not until 2014 that a research team, led by the museum's palaeontologist Dr John Jagt, received a tip from a whale expert and established the age of the 'ENCI whale’: the late Eocene, around 37 to 33 million years ago! This was a unique find, as few Eocene whale remains have been unearthed in Europe. 66 million years ago, a large meteor colliding with the earth caused the extinction of the mosasaurs during the Cretaceous. It took almost 30 million years before there was another creature that could compare to the mosasaurs – the ancient whale. The Eocene whale looked just a little bit different from today's whales: it had a longer mouth with powerful teeth and rudimentary hind legs. The vertebrae and ribs of the ‘ENCI whale’ form the centrepiece of the exhibition Whales – Locality: Maastricht.

The exhibition Whale – Locality: Maastricht will not only tell you about the Eocene whale but also introduce you to its contemporary counterparts. You'll be able to explore all aspects of these extraordinary marine mammals, from their perfectly adapted anatomy to the unique way they communicate. You can also learn more about the reputation of these animals, going from terrifying beasts to creatures we've come to love, through historical stories such as Moby Dick and other whaling adventures. Today, cetaceans are threatened in all of their habitats worldwide, mainly due to overfishing, plastic pollution, and military applications of sonar. Giving people more knowledge about whales will hopefully increase their respect for these animals.

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When

  • every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until December 24th, 2019from 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Saturday and Sunday until December 24th, 2019from 13:00 to 17:00
  • every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting from December 26th, 2019 until October 31st, 2019from 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Saturday and Sunday starting from December 26th, 2019 until December 31st, 2019from 13:00 to 17:00
  • every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting from January 2nd, 2020 until January 12th, 2020from 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Saturday and Sunday starting from January 2nd, 2020 until January 12th, 2020from 13:00 to 17:00
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Prices

  • Adult€7.00
  • Seniors€5.00
  • Children€4.50
  • Free
  • Students€6.00

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