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‘Whales’ make a splash

‘Giants of the Deep’ opens at Fernbank

POSTED: February 13, 2014 1:00 a.m.

ATLANTA — Plunge into the mysterious world of whales and meet a culture that has lived intertwined with the majestic creatures throughout history in Fernbank Museum’s newest special exhibition, “Whales: Giants of the Deep,” on view Feb. 15 through Aug. 24.

For centuries, whales have captured imaginations and ignited emotions. People have revered them, made them the subject of myth, hunted them to the brink of extinction and passionately protected them. Now visitors can unlock their mysteries by examining whale evolution, exploring their diversity, and uncovering the details of how they swim, feed, mate and sometimes become stranded on land.

Interactive features allow visitors to dive to the depths of the sea with a mighty sperm whale in the hunt for giant squid, climb through a life-sized whale heart as big as a VW “Beetle,” and design their own dolphin. They can also discover how whales swim, feed, communicate and reproduce.

“Whales: Giants of the Deep” is included with museum admission, which is $18 for adults, $17 for students/seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12, free for children ages 2 and younger and free for Museum members.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta.

For tickets, visit fernbankmuseum.org or call 404-929-6400.


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