Hope, the blue whale, became the head of Dippy the dinosaur, as the centerpiece of the renovated Natural History Museum atrium on Thursday despite an energetic campaign to keep the attraction dear.
Replication of the skeleton was in the museum for more than 100 years and the news of its impending demise in 2015 provoked the condemnation of dinosaur fans who send #savedippy hashtag tendencies on Twitter. About 14 000 people have signed a petition to stop the movement.
However, the museum said that the skeleton of a blue whale, the largest animal they have ever lived on Earth – which was hunted near extinction – to raise awareness about the impact of humanity on nature.
The actual skeleton of 25.2 meters (83 feet) suspended from the ceiling “is a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and responsibility towards our planet,” said Michael Dixon, director of the museum.
The whale was previously mammals section, but was not entirely in order and will now have a central place in the burial place of diving in Hintze Hall, a cathedral space built in the late 19th century.
Dippy fans do not need desperation because the replica is placed in any case preserved for posterity in a bronze mold outside the museum.
The wife of Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, attended a gala launching of the Hope reception on July 13 with the famous British Conservative David Attenborough.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (blank) and David Attenborough (blue) show the skeleton of the blue whale in the director of the museum, Sir Michael Dixon, at the reopening of Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London on 13 Of July 2017.
An estimated 2,50,000 blue whales in the world’s oceans in the 1800s, but commercial hunting brought the species to the brink of extinction in 1960 with only 400 samples remaining. The legal protection of the hunt saw their levels increase to 20,000 now.