Blokhus Whale

Experience the great fin whale that stranded at Blokhus beach on 23 February 2016. From the glass display case, you can see the whale's full skeleton.

The Blokhus-Whale returns to Blokhus

Manned opening hours

The glass-container will be open from 27. April until 4. July 2021.

The fin whale from Blokhus

The stranded fin whale, who stranded in Blokhus tuesday the 23rd of February, 2016, was quickly an entry piece for thousands of inquisitive citizens and it was under a great mediawatch, that the whale was measured, examined and parted. Under nearly the same amount of mediawatch was the giant skeleton assembled at Zoologisk Museum in Copenhagen, where conservist Abdi Heyadat did the exciting work. Since October the 15th, 2016, it has been possible to see the enormous animal exhibited at Nordsøen Oceanarium in Hirtshals.

But from March until June and September until October the skeleton will be back in Blokhus in a large glasscontainer, where it can experienced and looked at.

Facts on the fin whale

The fin whale is the second largest mammal to ever live and is only surpassed by the blue whale. The fin whale can reach up til 26 metres long og have a weight between  30 and 80 tons.

Those who live on the southern hemisphere gets a little bigger than those on the northern hemisphere. Newborns weigh around 2 tons  and have a length of 6,5 metres.

Fin whales belongs to the group of barde whales, who have bardes instead of teeth. The bardes are only located in the upper mouth  and works as a sift. When the whale takes a giant mouthful of water and preys (up til 80 cubikmetres) the water is then pressed out of the sides whilst the feed, that consists of both fish, octopus and crustaceans, sticks to the bards.

The head of the fin whale has a very special asymmetric coloring. Right side is white and the left side is dark, which also reflects on the bards. Those in the right side is yellow/light with dark stripes in the front 1/3 - 1/2 while the rest of the right side and those on the left is dark.

There are fin whales in all oceans and sometimes they are also seen in the North Sea. The fin whale is a long slim whale who swims very fast - up til 30 kilometres an hour, it dives down to at least 230 metres depth  and can hold its breath for 5 to 15 minutes.