A life-size sculpture of the world’s biggest baby blue whale was unveiled at the Glorietta 5 Mall in Makati yesterday to launch the Big Blue Exhibit in Manila which will last until February 2010.
The Big Blue Whale Exhibit will take visitors into the world of the magnificent blue whales with the sophisticated life-size sculpture as the highlight of the event. The sculpure is a 9 meter long, two month old, female blue whale that was crated by a team of professional model makers in Australia.
The exhibition includes expert sharing sessions, conservation and education activities and a feature writing competition and features never-before-seen footages from National Geographic’s groundbreaking documentary, Big Blue.
Schedules of the Big Blue Exhibit:
November 17 to 26, 2009 Glorietta 5
November 28 to December 11, 2009 Trinoma Mall
January 4 to 17, 2010 Alabang Town Center
January 18 to February 2, 2010 Market! Market!
February 3 to 17, 2010 Greenbelt Mall
The exhibit was brought to us by National Geographic Channel, Ayala Mall and the Mind Museum.
During the event Sonia Jacson, senior vice president for marketing and general manager for Hong Kong and Philippines of Fox International Channel, the mother company of National Geographic Channel was present. Ayala Malls Ayala Group senior vice president Marivic Anonuevo was there, and scientist Dr. Arnel Andrew Yaptinchay was the host for the day. Former Senator Nikki Coseteng was also there to grace the event.
MAGNIFICENT FACTS ABOUT THE BIG BLUE :
The Big Blue Whale is the largest creature to ever inhabit the Earth — larger than any of the great dinosaurs.
Blue Whales are longer than a basketball court.
The length of a Blue Whale is equal to tow bumper to bumper school buses.
Blue Whales don’t have teeth but they can devour 4 tons of seafood a day.
The can weight up to 200 tons.
It’s heart is the size of a small car.
They are the loudest creature on the planet. A Blue Whale’s call (188 decibels) is louder than a jet engine (140).
Blue Whales can communicate with other whales up to 1,600 kilometers away.
They can dive 10 to 20 minute intervals.
Blue Whales cruise at about 10 kilometers an hour. If alarmed they can go as fast as 32 kilometers an hour. They can travel 160 kilometers in one day.
Blue Whales release a 10 meter spray from their blowhole taller than a two story building.
A Blue Whale is born with a unique dorsal patterns or distinct marking on their back like a finger print that never changes. Marine Biologist use these markings to identify them.