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SCIENTISTS are learning more about ancient creatures thanks to a breakthrough in technology that allowed them to analyse the remains of a 130 million-year-old whale.

PUBLISHED: 21:35, Mon, Jan 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 21:44, Mon, Jan 11, 2021

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Natural History Museum: Expert discusses Hope the blue whale

Inside the Natural History Museum, a stunning 25 metre-long female blue whale skeleton suspends from the ceiling. Named ‘Hope’ by the museum as "a symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future," the remains have taken centre stage for the last three years. But cutting-edge science is now helping to unravel the history of Hope, giving an astonishing insight into the final years of the four-and-a-half-tonne creature.


The breakthrough was revealed during Channel 5’s documentary ‘Natural History Museum: World of Wonder,' which took viewers indie the famous Kensington attraction.

The narrator said: “Even though Hope has been in the museum for over a century, very little is known about her life.

“But that might be all about to change.

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“Behind the scenes, hundreds of workers and world-class experts are uncovering secrets about the natural world.

Blue whaleA breakthrough was made in understanding the blue whale (Image: GETTY/CHANNEL 5)

Hope the blue whaleHope hangs from the ceiling of the museum (Image: CHANNEL 5)

“Richard Sabin has been the museum’s whale specialist for the past 29 years – and he is embarking on a new investigation into Hope.”

Dr Sabin explained how an incredible discovery is helping to further experts' understanding.

He said: “This rather large crate reminds me of something from Indiana Jones, but it actually contains a surprising part of Hope.

“This is the filtering mechanism, the strainer, that blue whales have inside their mouths to strain things like krill and small fish.

“We have about 800 of these inside the crate, this isn’t something people get to see – it’s something scientists get to play with.

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The remains of a whale was foundThe remains of a whale was found (Image: CHANNEL 5)

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