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The event was run in association with Dunedin’s latest New Zealand International Science Festival.
Museum science engagement co-ordinator Jessa Barder said whales appealed strongly to young people, because, like humans, they were mammals, but lived very different lives in a sometime extreme environment.
Part of her own presentation on Saturday reflected on the protective importance of whale blubber, ranging in thickness in different species from 2.5cm to 50cm.