Tay Whale Skeleton

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The Tay Whale
Skeleton of a humpback whale

Donated by Mr J. Woods
Museum number 1972-453-1

The Dundee whaling fleet could not believe its luck when a humpback whale swam up the River Tay in the winter of 1883. The whalers spent six weeks trying to catch the unfortunate animal before it was harpooned. The whale escaped but later died and was towed ashore to Stonehaven.
Dundee whale merchant, John Woods bought it at auction and brought it back to Dundee where over 50,000 people came to see it before it was dissected, stuffed and then toured the country. The skeleton was donated to the museum.

Tay Whale Skeleton
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