In July 2017, Ellen Coombs appeared in “Whales: Beneath the Surface”, a free talk as part of the Natural History Museum Lates series. Ellen presented spectacular specimens from the museum collections, including part of a whale foetus, a narwhal replica tusk and a sperm whale’s tooth, and revealed incredible cetacean feeding and communication strategies.
Cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – have evolved remarkable techniques for thriving in the ocean, from lunge-feeding and cooperative hunting to the clicks and whistles of whale calls. Why do some whales have teeth and others have baleen? How do toothed whales echolocate? Do different whale species have distinctive whale songs? Join us and find out.
Museum lates offers the chance to see exhibitions, enjoy talks, science demonstrations and a drink or two after hours at the Museum. On the last Friday of the monthMuseum scientists and guest speakers bring you face-to-face with rare specimens from the Museum’s collection. For a quirkier Friday night, check out NHM London in the evening and uncover things you never knew about the natural world.For more information, visit the NHM website.