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Whale museum reopens in La Paz

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La Paz’s famous whale museum yesterday reopened its doors to the public after a lengthy period of renovations in recent months. The museum has opened with a major exhibition dedicated to the evolution of cetaceans and their anatomy.

The waters around the Baja Peninsula, world famous for their biodiversity, are home to as many as 30 species of cetaceans. The most well-known of these are, of course, the much loved blue whale, humpback whale and gray whale. Closely followed by the also very famous dolphins and vaquita marina porpoises.

The exhibition looks at many of these species and has an impressive 38 cetacean skeletons on show. Over the years these skeletons have been recovered from various strandings across the peninsula from Mulege to Loreto. And they tell a big part of the biodiversity story of the whole area.

And if the anatomy of cetaceans is not enough for you, move on to the second display area where you will find manatees, sea lions, seals and sharks. Follow that with a third exhibition that looks at the 5 species of sea turtles found in the area. And finish up with a look around the museum library and laboratory.

Sure to be enjoyed by children and adults alike the museum is located right in the historic heart of La Paz, only minutes from the beach on the famous Malecon boardwalk. Definitely worth a visit.


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