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Collections from Storage: A Visit to our Hidden Treasures

Blue Whale

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This vertebra, some 79 cm in length is particularly striking. It belongs to the largest mammal ever, the Blue Whale. Its shape indicates that it was the first cervical vertebra, the atlas.

This fossil, from Saint-Guillaume, in Quebec, dates from the period of the Champlain Sea, a formation created by the melting of the glaciers at the end of the glacial period almost 10,000 years ago. This sea stretched from the lowlands between Quebec City, in Quebec, and the city of Cornwall, in Ontario, and up the Ottawa valley.

This vertebra was part of the collection of the Musée du Séminaire de Nicolet.

Atlas (first vetebra) of a whale of a length of 79 cm

Credits : Musée de la nature et des sciences, Sherbrooke

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