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Thames whale goes on display in Tring
The Thames Whale
The whale's skeleton has now joined the Natural History Museum collections

The skeleton of the whale which died after becoming stranded in the River Thames is to go on public display at the Natural History Museum at Tring.

From the moment it was spotted in the Thames on 19 January 2006, the whale captured the public's imagination.

The battle to rescue the whale was followed around the world and thousands visited the banks of the Thames to see the animal.

Despite rescue efforts, the whale died as it was being taken back out to sea on a barge.

River Thames Whale
The whale's battle for survival was followed around the world

The female northern bottlenose whale was the first of its species to be seen in the river since Museum scientists began recording strandings around our coastline almost 100 years ago.

The whale's skeleton has now joined the Natural History Museum collections, where it has been preserved and studied by curators and made available for international researchers.

Senior Mammal Curator, Richard Sabin, told the BBC: "In the four years that we've had it [the whale] in the collections, dozens of researchers have travelled from all over the world to study the animal and it is specimens like this that really do make a difference to research."

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